Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden: A Cut Above Average

This self-taught topiary artist has created more than a collection of living sculptures.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionPearl's topiary sculptures have been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites. His garden is open to the public: from class trips to church groups to individuals who want to experience the special place. Admission is free: A donation box out front is only for those who can afford to give and who want to, says Pearl.

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Bishopville, a small town that once depended on agriculture and cotton farming, has been on the decline. Now the town is a destination for visitors from all over who want to see the extraordinary topiaries. Say many local residents, "Pearl has put Bishopville on the map."

Pearl grew up in a rural town in North Carolina and attributes his work ethic to his father, a sharecropper. "He always said, 'I want you to be somebody,' and I did," Pearl says.

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