The garden has stood on the Capitol Campus for over 90 years. It was originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers company, a landscape architectural firm, as a part of the master plan for the west Capitol Campus. For many decades, the garden contained roses. Now, the garden contains perennials, which are more resistant to deer grazing and more sustainable since they require less frequent planting and extend seasonal interest. The perennials also draw a greater diversity of pollinators to the garden.