The Middlebury Landscape

September 21, 2017

An Early Fall

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:47 pm  Tagged , ,

It’s not your imagination, the leaves are turning early this year. The reason will seem a little odd, but an understanding of a tree’s relation to time helps. I feel for scientists that have trouble explaining the concept of time. We are lineal creatures, stuck watching time pass from one year to the next. As […]

October 6, 2016

Arbor Day 2016

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:25 am  Tagged , , ,

I’m not much of a writer, so I won’t bury the lede here-our annual Arbor Day celebration will be happening tomorrow, October 7, starting at 4:00. I’ll be giving one of my walking tree tours through campus, followed by a tree and rain garden planting about 5:30 or so. Cider and donuts provided. Here’s the […]

December 11, 2015

New Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:42 am  Tagged , ,

Middlebury is ending the semester awash not only with hard discussions on stress and appropriation, but with a new surge of tree vandalism. Four trees have been vandalized in the last four days. Three this past weekend, 1 pulled up out of the ground by Battell, one by HMKL pulled up and dragged to the […]

September 13, 2015

Drought Stress

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:13 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Our barely green lawns across campus belie a hard fact this summer-it’s been dry. Very, very dry. Funny, considering how wet it was in late spring, when it was almost too wet to do anything outside. The High Plains Regional Climate Center (kick ass website for weather geeks!) maps show we have 25% of the normal […]

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 […]

October 3, 2014

Fall Arbor Day 2014

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:55 am  Tagged , , , , ,

An extremely late spring-not warming up until mid May-left our landscape department short on time. We decided to postpone Arbor Day for a fall celebration, which we are holding next week. Friday, October 10th, starting at 3:00. We’ll start with a tree tour, this time focusing on the 10 (12) oldest trees on campus, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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