The beauty of the Hastings College campus is due in part to the tradition of tree planting and care beginning with the first spring planting season in 1883 and, with the help of countless volunteers and professionals, continuing to the present. Come explore the HC Arboretum, rich with old and young trees and species variety, located in the heart of the Great Plains near the 40th parallel and 98th meridian at an elevation of approximately 1,920’.
About this Site:
How to Use:
Click on “History” if you want to learn more about the story of HC trees in text and photos from 1883 to the present. The campus is divided into sections such as Circle Drive, Taylor Hall, Gray Center, etc. Click on the campus section that you are interested in and then click on a particular tree for more details. Some 150 campus trees on the older parts of the campus are signposted and we have chosen these to post on this website. We will add trees from time to time. You will see photos of trees and additional information such as common name, Latin name, family, location by latitude and longitude, and height at maturity. Some trees will have special notes such as the Autumn Blaze red maple (south of French Chapel) that was planted in memory of Virginia Tech students.
If you wish to search the campus for a particular kind of tree, type the name of the tree into the search field on the left. A list of campus areas with that type of tree will be displayed.
Credits and Thanks:
Contact Dr. Will Locke (’61), Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education, with comments and suggestions. We are looking for photos, records, clippings, letters, and personal recollections of campus trees from the full span of HC history. If you or a group would like a tour of the HC arboretum, contact Dr. Locke.