The first milestone in the development of the UDBG today was the establishment of a rose garden in 1962 on the site now occupied by the Fischer Greenhouse Laboratory. It was a formal garden that included boxwood hedges and numerous roses, many donated by the late Mr. Richard Hutton of Conard-Pyle Nursery. It was maintained by undergraduate students in the horticulture program, a precursor to the current UDBG internship program. This garden was dismantled in 1984 opening up the site for the eventual construction of a new plant growth facility. Features in this garden include a diverse collection of hollies, flowering trees and shrubs, and herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses which provide interest year round.