The Middlebury Landscape

May 18, 2012

2011’s Tree Karma Score

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:52 am  Tagged , , ,

Applying for certification for Tree Campus involves a very enjoyable day of taking stock of the previous year. They ask about tree plantings, removals, dollars spent, volunteer hours, and community service projects. During a terribly boring snowless winter, it was nice to sit down and revel in our accomplishments during the previous growing season. 2011 […]

May 16, 2012

Arbor Day 2012

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:24 pm  Tagged , , , ,

I measure my life in tree plantings. Every time I come home from the Burlington airport, I drive down Dorset street in South Burlington and visit a Blue spruce I planted on a landscape job my first year out of college, 1989. It’s over 40 feet tall now, making me old. A paperbark maple in […]

April 20, 2012

A New Class Tree

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

What we call a Class Tree on campus is a tree commemorating a graduated class, typically christened with a ceremony during reunion, such as on a 10th, 25th, or even greater. Our department was recently asked to pick a potential class tree for the upcoming reunion, and we’re more than happy to help. Traditionally we […]

April 11, 2012

The Avocado

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 7:23 pm  Tagged

All the talk around campus seems to be about Avocados. I’d always wondered about them, so I did a little reading. It got racy, I started blushing, and just now finished sputtering my way through the randy history of the buttery fruit. For apparently, with avocados, it’s all about sex. It starts with the name. […]

March 21, 2012

Season Creep

Filed under: Blooms,Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 6:42 pm  Tagged , , , ,

Everybody has their own phenologies, their own timing of spring. First day the snow shovels get put away (unused in my driveway at all this year, I might add), first day of working without long johns on, or maybe the first day of wearing shorts. I’ve always dreamed as a horticulturist of keeping a journal, […]

February 25, 2012

Outdoor Art in Context

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 2:46 pm  Tagged , ,

A blog post, and a recent visit to my alma mater, UVM, has me thinking again about public art, and contexts. My question is this: Can a spectacular painting be ruined by the wrong frame? Probably. I wonder how many paintings I’ve seen appraised on Antiques Roadshow, where the appraiser raves about the painting, then […]

February 23, 2012

A Better Weather Forecast

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 11:27 am  Tagged , , , ,

Thanks to an Environmental Grant several years ago, the Landscape department has been running a personal weather station down at the track off of Porter Field Road, with a second more recent station up at Breadloaf campus. We depend on these stations for primarily for snow removal and IPM strategies. The data are also streamed […]

January 19, 2012

Lydia’s Tree Sculpture

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 5:50 am  Tagged

Public Safety called our department this last fall semester. They were concerned about potential vandalism to one of the trees near Johnson. For once, I was one step ahead of them (hard to do, they do a great job on campus). I’d already stopped one day and introduced myself to Lydia Jun. Lydia was a […]

January 16, 2012

No-Mow at Richard Stockton

Filed under: No Mow — Tim Parsons @ 7:29 pm  Tagged ,

I recently received an email from Jessica Okazaki, from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, asking about Middlebury’s no-mow program. She is interested in starting a similar project at her school. Read more at her Facebook group called “Lose the Lawn”. I’m sure she isn’t the only one thinking about this on a college […]

January 15, 2012

Squirrel Business

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 6:28 pm  Tagged ,

I’m primarily a plant person, because I’m slow on the uptake and not very observant. Someone says “Look at that bird!” and by the time I’m looking even close to the right direction, let alone focusing in on what a bird is, said bird has flown far, far away. Trees, wildflowers, landscapes-easy to see, and […]

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