A few years after my sister and I moved out of the house, my dad started turning the backyard into my parents' personal Eden. Outside the frame in the foreground (and to the right) is his closed-system river with two natural waterfalls. He's got fish bigger than our dog swimming around in the lagoon at the bottom of one of the waterfalls, and this year he apparently bought 2 million flowering plants. All this from a guy with no landscaping experience; he repairs antique automobiles for a living. There's a playground for the kids and a primordial forest behind his shop that he has refused to sell to developers even as the house he bought in the country turned into a house surrounded by other peoples' subdivisions.