Florida Chapter ASLA Landscape Architects (1959 - 2009)

Florida landscape architects were joined with the Southeast Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects until 1959, the year the Florida Chapter was formed. Among the founding members of the Florida Chapter, ASLA, were Bill Phillips, Fred Stresau, Jon Seymour, Bob Neal, Jim Voss, Herrick Smith, Porter Reynolds, Ray Collins, Pete Allen, and Bill O’Leary. 

The Florida Chapter has launched Project 50 to commemorate its Golden Anniversary and to recognize ASLA member landscape architects and the places they created in Florida.

Charles Nassau Lowrie (1869-1939)

Charles Nassau Lowrie was active in the "City Beautiful" movement and was one of the 11 founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1899. He was an 1891 graduate of Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School. He lived and worked in and around New York City and was a member of the Municipal Art Commission, and a past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (1910-12). Professionally he was in charge of landscaping Red Hook Housing Project in Brooklyn, did designs for public parks, and made preliminary plans for a Roosevelt Memorial.

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.