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Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden: A Cut Above Average

This self-taught topiary artist has created more than a collection of living sculptures. DIY Network takes you through the landscaping in this topiary garden.

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Photo 2 of 12Self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar uses a power trimmer to fine-tune a high-level sculpture. Many of the abstract sculptures in his yard are 20 to 30 feet tall.

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It all started with a yearning to have his three acres picked as "yard of the month" by the local garden club. Pearl Fryar took out his clippers and started shaping his shrubs. Pretty soon his work was nothing like the conventional little meatballs — or even animal shapes — that you see in most topiaries. That was in the mid 1980s. Several years later, the Bishopville, S.C., resident "got serious. A cut-above-average for me is in shapes," says Pearl.

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