The skyline around Pearl Fryar's home is anything but typical suburban garden.

Pearl spends up to 70 hours a week maintaining his topiaries. Carrying his pruning tools around his 3-1/2-acre property requires the assistance of his lawn tractor.

"Pearl has been able to take plants that we thought were junk and turn them into works of art," says Tom Drayton, whose scrap heap was Pearl's plant source. "I knew what those plants looked like when we put them out there, and I marvel at what they look like now."

Hide CaptionShow Caption"It wasn't important to me to create a garden," Pearl says. "I wanted to create a feeling that when you walk through, you feel differently than you did when you started."

It took Pearl four to five years to turn a mushroom-shaped tree into a square one.