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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

December 6, 2011

Tree Removals 2011

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:38 am  Tagged , ,

Like most years, the landscape department takes advantage of the upcoming holiday break to do some tree removals. Not that we are doing anything under the cover of darkness-it’s more like we don’t want to break the solitude of campus with the cacaphony of chainsaws and tree chippers, not to mention the lack of stress […]

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