Born on Daniel Island, Philip Simmons attended local Charleston County schools but received most of his education and values from a local blacksmith, Peter Simmons. Philip Simmons moved into the specialized fields of ornamental iron in 1928. His gates, fences, balconies, and window grills have received national recognition. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the South Carolina State Museum, the National Museum of American History, and others have acquired pieces of his work. The Philip Simmons Garden in downtown Charleston recognizes his mastery of wrought iron and pays tribute to his inspirational character and self-assurance.