A mysterious and private world, the garden of Ninfa has intrigued visitors since its creation in the late 1920s. Three generations of the Caetani family developed the garden in the ruins of a medieval town. Gretchen Kromer's black and white photographs, made during the fall and winter months of 2000-2005, evoke the spirit of this extraordinary place. Ninfa and its surroundings illustrate the diverse ways people have interacted with the environment in this part of Italy over the centuries.
Gretchen Kromer has been interested in gardens, houses, and photography since childhood. She grew up in New England. While a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, she visited the garden of Ninfa for the first time. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Classics from Johns Hopkins and an M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, she has worked as a college teacher, house remodeler, real estate salesperson, and instructional designer. Her photographs of gardens have been shown at galleries in the Midwest, in publications, and on the Internet. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband, economist and photographer Paul Kuznets.