Robert E. Marvin was one of South Carolina's most distinguished 20th century landscape architects. He was born in Colleton County and graduated from Clemson College in 1942 with a degree in horticulture. He completed graduate work in landscape architecture at the University of Georgia and was a professional landscape architect for almost 50 years. Many of his projects involved the preservation and restoration of historic gardens. Marvin's projects include Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Glencairn Gardens, Rock Hill Governor's Mansion, the State House grounds, Gibbes Green, Finlay Park, Columbia and the Augusta National Golf Club.