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Tree Campus: Historic Guide to Campus Flora

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b

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A Peak Inside the Guide

Cover of McVay's Guide to Shoreline Flora
Contents Page of McVay's Guide to Shoreline Flora
Label System in McVay's Guide to Shoreline Flora
Plant Description in McVay's Guide to Shoreline Flora

"...I think it's important, in this time of cutting, to show the value of an ecosystem."

-Don McVay, Seattle Times Archives

Don McVay was a Professor at Shoreline Community College. He was part of the initial, and unsuccessful, effort in the 70s to turn the Shoreline Community College campus into an Arboretum. Decades later McVay pushed for renewing this goal. In 1990 McVay went on sabbatical and created the "A Guide to the Flora of the Shoreline Community College." He also spearheaded a walk-through campus plant tour.

The Seattle Times, during an interview with McVay, said he had a child-like enthusiasm for plants and their importance. "He has degrees in biology and zoology plus a greenhouse full of orchids at home, and minding nature is his thing." said interviewer Mark Ramirez.


Ramirez, M. (1991, September 4). Architect Of The Arboretum -- Shoreline Community College Professor Tries To Catalog Every Plant On Campus. The Seattle Times.

This guide is the result of a survey in 1990 of the land Shoreline Community College. McVay explains that the Shoreline Community College was once known as the "Concrete Campus." Highlighted is the role Edward Watanabe played in changing that. the landscape and the architecture of the college. McVay also speaks to the collaborative effort of the entire college community to create the current landscape. The focus of this guide is the presence of native Northwest flora. Some key vegetation represented in this guide is the Western Red Cedar, the Douglas Fir, and the Spruce. 


Special thanks to the Shoreline Community College President's Office for providing the Shorline Community College Library access to this work.

McVay, D. (1991). A Guide to the Flora of the Shoreline Community College. Shoreline Community College.

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Darlene Lytle, April 2022

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