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should see the
light of day.
fesses backfired. “The garden proved too
good ... and too big,” she says. “People
started coming in droves to see it. By the
time they finish, they’re staggering. They’re
too dazed to buy any art. I shot myself in
But as the couple grow older —
Nooney is 65, Munger is 71 — and their fan
base widens, the goal has shifted from sell-
ing art to preserving the garden itself.
“We want to give it to an organization
that can run it as a cultural organization,
but we need a dowry,” says Munger. So they
have been adding more open house days
and a docent program in addition to holding sculpture summer camps at the garden.
Nooney has always treasured her pri-
nooney and munger stroll through their
20-acre arboretum (above top) as autumn sets
in and leaves begin to fall. A Nooney installation
sets a dragonlike creature (above bottom) atop
a concrete pedestal.