Though he was a trained landscape painter, Charles Adams Platt would become much more famous for his innovations in garden design, which in some ways represented the application of a painter's aesthetics to the natural environment.
He studied at some of the most prestigious of arts institutions, including the National Academy of Design in New York and the Academie Julian in Paris. Both of these institutions produced some of the finest artists in the world.
Platt did enjoy a respected reputation as an artist. He was the recipient of a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, had created a huge body of architectural and landscape etchings and had exhibited his works in the Paris Salon. In 1892, Platt travelled to Italy with his brother to study the gardens and villa's of the Renaissance. It had a powerful impact on his aesthetic.
Charles Adams Platt created gardens for several prominent clients and public institutions. His designs are a part of the garden landscapes of the Smithsonian Institute's Freer Gallery of Art, Phillips Academy of Andover, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many other institutions. His book "Italian Gardens" a result of his studies in Italy, was recently made available again.