Twenty years ago we moved into our lovely colonial style house in a quiet neighborhoodin the suburbs of Brookline. The backyard was beautiful and large enough for my children to play outdoors. We celebrated all of my young daughter's birthdays in June. We sectioned off a square to grow vegetables, but soon learned that the yard became more and more shady as spring moved to summer. Today in 2010 we have created outdoor spaces that have evolved into a charming sanctuary filled with hostas, cinnamon ferns, a tiny pond, climbing hydrangeas and a dwarf Japanese maple.