Suburban Zen

Steven Bavis always wanted a waterfall and a pond for his backyard in Annapolis, Maryland. But other home-improvement projects took first priority, so he prepared for his dream project by dumping scrap bricks and dirt in one corner to build up the land for a future waterfall. Once he could focus on the pond, he began transforming his yard into what he calls a "Zen zone," where the sounds of the waterfall would drown out the neighborhood noises. After finishing the pond and waterfall, Steven enhanced the space with hundreds of rocks and plants, including Japanese maples and dwarf conifers. The family now has a tranquil backyard, a peaceful escape from the rest of the world.
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