As a passionate lover of gardens, I have visited gardens in many parts of the world. My favorite however, is close to home, in Chester County Pennsylvania and is the garden of the talented Inta Krombolz. Inta’s garden has been developed over more than 30 years and is a luxuriant display of perennials, shrubs and trees. With contrasting elements of color, texture and form, it is a garden with great bones and the designer’s personal imprint.
Because the garden has a lot of moist shade, Inta weaves in many chartreuse-colored plants to make the beds pop.
This garden is, however, much more than an impressive collection of plants and trees. In the late 1990s, flowers of a different kind began sprouting in Inta’s garden. Using old agricultural equipment, Amish buggy parts, sprokets, wing nuts, steering wheels and other salvage metals, Inta began soldering together garden sculptures in her garden shed “studio” on the property. These reimagined agricultural machine parts evolved from a first life of utilitarian purpose into a new artistic life of beauty and leisure. Fox Hollow Designs was born. Inta’s whimsical floral sculptures soon began evolving into metal birdbaths, birdhouses, totem poles, vine tutors, planters, garden arches and bottle trees which are artfully displayed throughout her garden and patios. Inta also incorporates salvaged window grates, old grinding stones, interesting gears and orbs as garden sculpture alongside her own creations. The garden magically reveals its artful treasures tastefully tucked here and there as one strolls through.
I have visited Inta’s garden many times over the years and it never fails to thrill the senses, inspire and fill one with joy. On a recent visit with a group of friends, I overheard Inta humbly state she felt her gardening talent was a gift from God. We are all blessed Inta shares this gift so generously with the world. Please join me on a tour of Inta’s lush property, focusing on the art of garden design with sculpture.
You can follow Inta Krombolz on Pinterest @My Garden–Fox Hollow and on Instagram @foxhollowdesigns
Sculptures can be purchased directly from the artist. A heartfelt thank you to my friend Inta for welcoming me into her garden so many times over the years and for allowing photographs for this blog post. Some photos credits to Ilse Farrell.
Note: Since publishing this post, Inta was honored to have The Smithsonian purchase 2 of her birdhouses! Congratulations Inta! Inta has also moved to NC and has sold her home and garden in Chester County, PA.