The Middlebury Landscape

May 2, 2013

Arbor Day 2013

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:33 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

It’s been a gorgeous spring, and we’re celebrating with a huge Arbor Day celebration. Plan on joining us May 14th, details below. But in the meantime… love a tree? share the love. send us photos, poems, and other art about your favorite campus tree. Submit a photo, or post on twitter with #middarborday. submit by may […]

April 5, 2013

Vandalism Reward

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:08 am  Tagged ,

Two  nights, three trees trashed. Once again, all around the Atwater dorms. More and more, I’m convinced that it is either one student, or a small group. As spring creeps along, the damage is getting worse. Based on the pattern of damage, I’m pretty sure the students(s) are in the senior class, and I worry […]

April 4, 2013

Bark Mulch

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 6:44 am  Tagged ,

June may smell like roses, May smells like Lily of the Valley in my mind, but spring, sweet, sweet spring, smells like bark mulch. Like many things in Horticulture, mulching really isn’t for the plants, but for us. Meant to imitate the look and ecosystem of a forest floor, mulch does neither, but it is […]

March 21, 2013

My Latest Heartbreak

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 2:25 pm  Tagged , , ,

No, not the song by the 22-20’s. The plant vandalism on campus continues. We’re on year four, and I’ve been trying to document all the cases. The tally stands at 62 incidents in the last four years, 10 in 2009-2010, 25 in 2010-2011, 9 in 2011-2012, and 18 so far this school year. Will Henriques […]

March 3, 2013

Pruning 101

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:10 am  Tagged

Students that have taken my class will probably remember how disdainful I was about (well, lots of things, but in this case) books on pruning. They probably still line bookstore walls, but I avert my eyes fastidiously, so don’t quote me. Large tomes on pruning trees and shrubs, each plant type seeming its own chapter. […]

October 12, 2012

Cultivating Hope, Wisdom, Compassion, and a Tree

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 1:56 am  Tagged , , , ,

Nature can teach us many things. Life, death, love. And Hope, Wisdom, and Compassion. How appropriate the 14th Dalai Lama uses ‘cultivating’, the act of promoting growth, to describe his wish for the dissemination of his main tenants for the human race to strive for. Sogyal Rinpoche, the Buddist author of the Tibetan Book of […]

September 23, 2012

A New Vermont Geology Map

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

I’m a sucker for blogs and websites that send me scrambling to a dictionary, and recently I’ve come across a good one. Here’s your word for the day-odonatist. I’ll wait here while you look it up. Back? Good. The site was The Daily Wing, an outdoor blog focusing on winged creatures, such as birds and […]

July 24, 2012

Watering

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:46 pm  Tagged , , , , , ,

Pick up any plant biology book, and they consistently list the three macro nutrients all plants need as N, P, and K, the chemical symbols for Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. But really, what we share with plants is a need for ‘macro’ macro nutrients, something so profoundly necessary that the books don’t even feel the […]

July 9, 2012

The Juice Bar at Crossroads Cafe

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 6:09 pm  Tagged ,

I make no excuses for not blogging. I’m not one of those super-organized, or super-marketeer landscapers who spends the slow winter writing blog posts to store them for slow release all summer. No, we spent the snowless winter busily pruning more trees in one winter than the previous 3, and my dream list of blog […]

June 5, 2012

Real Sod, Fake Grass

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 5:21 am  Tagged

Towards the end of the term the observant on the north end of campus would have noticed a sod box on the south end of Battell Beach, about 7′ high and 5 ‘ wide. Constructed by Cha Tori and Hannah King for Professor Sanford Mirling’s The Artist Collective class, the sod hut joins a long […]

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