The Middlebury Landscape

October 20, 2011

New Year, More Damage

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 7:05 am  Tagged ,

I was asked (and jumped at the chance) to join Community Council this year, and was in a meeting last Monday when I was asked if there was any vandalism this year to the landscape. I happily reported we haven’t seen anything this year. I’d spoken too quickly, as the guys in the landscape department […]

June 13, 2011

Memorial Trees

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:25 am  Tagged , ,

Reunion and Commencement is the season when memorial trees always come to my mind. Middlebury has over 85 class trees and memorial trees-a class tree may be planted by a class during a reunion, while a memorial tree is often dedicated to a professor, or a classmate that died while they were a student. People […]

May 4, 2011

Arbor Day 2011

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:54 am  Tagged , , ,

As you would expect from a bunch of tree fanatics, Arbor Day is a flexible holiday. The national holiday is the last Friday in April, but Vermont has snow experience in April, and pushes the date back to the first Friday in May. Here at Middlebury, we’re pushing it back even a little further, as […]

February 23, 2011

Winter Carnival-Snow Sculptures

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 10:24 am  Tagged , ,

There is a lot more to snow sculpting than meets the eye. Our department does quite a few things, but probably one of the most unusual is making giant blocks of snow for the annual Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest. Not this year, obviously, but some years the primary ingredient can be a little tricky. I’ve heard […]

November 17, 2010


Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:06 pm  Tagged , ,

7-18-6. Not a fertilizer label, but an accounting of the fall semester at Middlebury. Seven-the  number of weekends in a row we’ve seen vandalism against trees. 18-the total number of trees affected. And 6-trees killed outright. We come into work Monday morning, and, in addition to picking up the inevitable and ubiquitous litter and detritus […]

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