The Middlebury Landscape

September 21, 2017

An Early Fall

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:47 pm  Tagged , ,

It’s not your imagination, the leaves are turning early this year. The reason will seem a little odd, but an understanding of a tree’s relation to time helps. I feel for scientists that have trouble explaining the concept of time. We are lineal creatures, stuck watching time pass from one year to the next. As […]

October 6, 2016

Arbor Day 2016

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:25 am  Tagged , , ,

I’m not much of a writer, so I won’t bury the lede here-our annual Arbor Day celebration will be happening tomorrow, October 7, starting at 4:00. I’ll be giving one of my walking tree tours through campus, followed by a tree and rain garden planting about 5:30 or so. Cider and donuts provided. Here’s the […]

February 7, 2016

The Trees are Alright

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:53 pm  Tagged , ,

Abnormal weather always has people worrying about their trees and shrubs in the yard, and this winter is anything but normal. It’s the warm temperatures that are troubling, and many people have come up to me asking if the trees are going to be OK, or if the warm temperatures mean they are going to […]

December 11, 2015

New Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:42 am  Tagged , ,

Middlebury is ending the semester awash not only with hard discussions on stress and appropriation, but with a new surge of tree vandalism. Four trees have been vandalized in the last four days. Three this past weekend, 1 pulled up out of the ground by Battell, one by HMKL pulled up and dragged to the […]

October 5, 2015

Tree Tour and Planting Wednesday

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:12 pm  Tagged , ,

I’m hosting a tree tour and tree planting for our fall Arbor Day celebration this Wednesday at 4:30. It’s part of the 50 Years of Environmental Education & Leadership at Middlebury celebration (view the whole schedule here). We’ll be leaving from the front porch of Franklin Environmental Center (Hillcrest), wandering around wherever my feet and your questions take […]

September 28, 2015

Continued Drought, and some hope

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:29 pm  Tagged ,

The drought continues here on campus, and in the broader Champlain Valley. Our last rainfall was .4″, and after transplanting a tree afterword I saw the ground had only gotten moist about 1″ down-powder dry soil beneath. I forget where I found them (probably Lifehacker), but some recent pictures of the US taken by the Gravity […]

September 13, 2015

Drought Stress

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:13 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Our barely green lawns across campus belie a hard fact this summer-it’s been dry. Very, very dry. Funny, considering how wet it was in late spring, when it was almost too wet to do anything outside. The High Plains Regional Climate Center (kick ass website for weather geeks!) maps show we have 25% of the normal […]

June 7, 2015

Satin Moth

Filed under: Insects and Diseases — Tim Parsons @ 2:31 pm  Tagged

I love getting emails from people concerning the landscape. After all, with more than 300 acres, there are probably things happening I’m missing. And in the chaos that is Commencement and Reunion, I was missing a big one. Professor Jeff Byers wrote last weekend- I  don’t know if there is anything you can (or would) […]

January 25, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Presentation-This Wednesday

Filed under: Insects and Diseases,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 2:44 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Part of my absence from the blog would be teaching my winter term class “Trees and the Urban Forest” again this semester. It’s a great class, in a super rushed sort of way all winter term classes probably are. As you may well be aware, the Emerald Ash Borer is a small exotic insect invading […]

October 3, 2014

Fall Arbor Day 2014

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:55 am  Tagged , , , , ,

An extremely late spring-not warming up until mid May-left our landscape department short on time. We decided to postpone Arbor Day for a fall celebration, which we are holding next week. Friday, October 10th, starting at 3:00. We’ll start with a tree tour, this time focusing on the 10 (12) oldest trees on campus, but […]

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