Frederick W. Boissevain (1904-1943)

In 1925, a young landscape gardener named Frederick Boissevain left a growing business on Long Island to the care of his partner for two months and traveled to Austerlitz, New York to assist his aunt, the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and uncle, Eugen Boissevain, with developing their new property, Steepletop.

Landscape Architect John J. Watson

In 1924, Ohio landscape architect John J. Watson (1876-1950) was hired by circus tycoon John Ringling (1866-1936) to design "Ringling Isles" on four western Florida keys: St. Armand's, Coon, Lido, and Otter. Harding Circle, at the center of St. Armand's Key, was to be the jewel in the crown of this enormous venture consisting of resorts, a casino, and a subdivision of fine residences. Watson's plan bifurcated the oval-shaped key with two main arteries, Boulevard of the Presidents and Ringling Boulevard, converging on a circular park called Harding Place.

Bruce Porter (1865-1953)

Born in San Francisco, California, Bruce Porter (1865-1953) was educated in Europe. Mostly known as a painter and muralist and champion of Art Nouveau in California, Porter is also credited with the design for the gardens at Filoli, working with architect Willis Polk and Arthur Brown, Jr.