The Middlebury Landscape

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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