The Smith Family / Doha, Qatar

Somewhere in the land referred to tongue-in-cheek as "The Sandbox," there is a secret garden. It thrives despite the withering heat of a 50 degrees Celsius summer. Like its inhabitants, the garden is a thoughtful, eclectic space. Chris planted and built everything by hand, including the green house and an ingenious automatic sprinkler system. It is lovingly tended by Stephanie, when Chris is away at work offshore. The garden is the site for many of Sidra and Lantana's glorious adventures and home to cats, turtles, birds, and a dragonfly. It's a remarkable privilege to be invited into another person's sanctuary; I count myself lucky to have seen this one.