This circular garden bed in front of the Museum’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion was dedicated in honor of Nonie (Eleanor) Krauss in the spring of 2008. Nonie, the late wife of John Krauss, was very involved at the IMA and loved nature, bird watching and gardening. A generous gift from Nonie’s husband, along with her friends and family, allowed Newfields to convert a space that was covered in mulch half of the year into a fully planted, year-round garden.
Each year, major elements of the garden change with each passing season, but a group of seven Sweetgum trees remain constant. These narrow upright trees, called ‘Slender Silhouette’, contrast with the broad horizontal lines of the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion. These trees were also chosen for the way their leaves change to shades of burgundy, red, orange, and yellow in autumn. To further enhance the garden’s winter display, additional plants are chosen based on their potential to brighten the space. These may include blue weeping Alaska cedars, yews and deciduous hollies. For a continuous show through early spring, colorful twig dogwoods and hundreds of tulips may enliven the garden display. Summer displays are lush, exuberant and colorful – a planting that truly expresses the joy of life that Nonie represented.
"Here marks the passage between art and nature, nature and art, for in reality, they are one." – Nonie’s Garden plaque inscription