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Celebrate Modern Backyards for Earth Day

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We showcase seven swoon-worthy backyards in honor of Earth Day, April 22.
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  The terrace at Ray Kappe’s multilevel house he built for his family in 1967, is cantilevered over the front door. Photo by  João Canziani.  Photo by: João Canziani

    The terrace at Ray Kappe’s multilevel house he built for his family in 1967, is cantilevered over the front door. Photo by  João Canziani.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  In Spain’s Canary Islands, homes are carefully built into the coastal cliffs. Although a typical green lawn is impossible, these residents make due with a bit of rock. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel  Photo by: Gunnar KnechtelCourtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

    In Spain’s Canary Islands, homes are carefully built into the coastal cliffs. Although a typical green lawn is impossible, these residents make due with a bit of rock. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Courtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

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  A four-time Iditarod winner built his home in Alaska with a courtyard featuring a fire pit and infinity pond. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors. Photo by Kamil Bialous  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    A four-time Iditarod winner built his home in Alaska with a courtyard featuring a fire pit and infinity pond. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors. Photo by Kamil Bialous

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  A boardwalk made from salvaged wood and steel allows a local stream to flow through this Marin, California, backyard.  
    A boardwalk made from salvaged wood and steel allows a local stream to flow through this Marin, California, backyard
     
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  For their modern retreat in Beverly Glen, a Los Angeles canyon, a pair of architects created outdoor rooms, like this one where daughter Josie stows her tepee playhouse. Photo by Catherine Ledner  Photo by: Catherine LednerCourtesy of: Catherine Ledner

    For their modern retreat in Beverly Glen, a Los Angeles canyon, a pair of architects created outdoor rooms, like this one where daughter Josie stows her tepee playhouse. Photo by Catherine Ledner

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

    Courtesy of: Catherine Ledner

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  To combat a steep site in Charlottesville, Virginia, architect Anna Boechenstein staggered a series of ipe decks that conveniently double as a race track. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan  Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    To combat a steep site in Charlottesville, Virginia, architect Anna Boechenstein staggered a series of ipe decks that conveniently double as a race track. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  In Adelaide, Australia, an airy addition opens onto a pool, garden, barbecue, and lawn space. Photo by James Knowler  Photo by: James KnowlerCourtesy of: James Knowler Photography

    In Adelaide, Australia, an airy addition opens onto a pool, garden, barbecue, and lawn space. Photo by James Knowler

    Photo by: James Knowler

    Courtesy of: James Knowler Photography

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