The Middlebury Landscape

April 24, 2014

The Twelve Oldest Trees on Campus

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 7:20 am  Tagged , , ,

Middlebury Magazine asked me to help with a story a month or so ago-they were looking for the 10 oldest trees on campus. Naturally, I gave them 12. There were a couple I just couldn’t leave off, and I walk around and still see a couple more I should have added. Our campus features many […]

April 8, 2014

The Botany of Syrup

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:24 am  Tagged ,

Any kid will tell you maple syrup is special, but how special? Is tapping a maple tree like putting a spigot in the trunk? And why maple? In a wonderful book I’ve written about before by Nalini M. Nadkarni called “Between Earth and Sky-Our Intimate Connection to Trees” she writes of how botanists and tree […]

March 24, 2014

Free Tree Pruning Webinar

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:14 pm

There are no truly awful times to prune a tree, but it’s best to prune in late winter. Early spring would be the only bad time-opening buds and blooms are the low point in a tree’s stored energy reserves, and late winter is warm (ish) but with the leaves off one can still see tree […]

February 18, 2014

Middlebury’s Elm Collection

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:09 pm  Tagged , ,

Among various tree geeks in New England Middlebury is well known for our Heritage Elm Collection. Elms, of course, naturally succomb to Dutch Elm Disease if we humans aren’t very proactive. We treat 28 old Elm trees, some of which are over 150 years old. I’ve written a couple new pages on them, one a […]

January 21, 2014

Tree Map Updated

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 2:43 pm  Tagged ,

Having run inside, fleeing from the sub zero temperatures outside today, I spent the day updating our ArcGIS tree map with all the newly planted trees this year, as well as our removals. Seems like a good time to point towards the Campus Tree Map page, or go/treemap. The latest map contains all the trees […]

January 6, 2014

Water, water everywhere

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:09 pm  Tagged , , , ,

So we had some rain today. January is starting out with a bang-it didn’t get above 0 degrees for several days last week, and this morning was 50 degrees and raining. Rain of biblical proportions, with the rain gauge at the track saying .88″ of rain, most of it falling between 7:30-10:30, up to a […]

November 15, 2013

Blind Sidewalk

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 12:24 pm  Tagged ,

Landscape architects sometimes speak of ‘desire paths’-a phrase that means exactly like it sounds. Laying out sidewalks, driveways, or trails is considerably harder than it looks. A budding architect can either be a hero for guessing exactly where pedestrians want to walk, or a goat for taking an urban mentality and assuming people will use […]

September 20, 2013

The Butternut Seed Orchard

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 1:13 pm  Tagged ,

I’ve learned this summer a wonderful way to get attention is to build a one acre, 8′ high deer exclusion fence out on South Street past Eastview, brush hog down the existing corn, and not tell anyone what we are doing. The landscape department, working with the State of Vermont, the US Forest Service, and […]

June 28, 2013

Cut Off Low

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:13 pm  Tagged

All professions seem to have their own language, most of it inscrutable. What’s impressed me about meteorology is their ability to take seemingly innocuous plain words and string them together in ways to make them terribly confusing. While doing a little digging to figure out just what’s been going on with the weather these last […]

June 1, 2013

Arbor Day, the film

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 7:47 am  Tagged , ,

When some friends from the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation and the University of Vermont came to my winter term class to see our group project on Emerald Ash Borer, one of the things that impressed them the most was the diversity of experience in the classroom. We take it for granted at […]

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