The Middlebury Landscape

October 7, 2011

Atwater Finished, for now

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 11:18 am  Tagged

We’re declaring a truce on Turf Battle, taking a break until next summer. Left for next year will be the planting around the northern retention pond, and the sidewalk removal and re-configuration south of Allen Hall, and completing the wall next to the patio. This was my fifth growing season at Middlebury, and Turf Battle […]

October 2, 2011

Seven Son Flower

Filed under: Blooms,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:13 am  Tagged , , ,

I don’t know if I’m a lazy, slothful gardener, or just a brutally honest one, but either way I’m hoping for a hard frost pretty soon. I’m tired. My garden is tired. A good significant freeze, a cleaning of the summer slate, an official change of the seasons, that’s what I need. Given my perennial […]

September 5, 2011

Atwater Construction-Turf Battle

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 1:15 pm  Tagged ,

Doing large construction projects at Middlebury comes with a unique challenge, that of time. Most colleges and universities have various programs running throughout the summer, like summer camps and classes. Middlebury, though, has an entire college, the Language School. This intensive 6-9 week program requires the full attention of the students, so we in Facilities […]

August 22, 2011

Summersweet

Filed under: Blooms,Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:43 am  Tagged , ,

Memories of first loves can sneak up, then slam into the consciousness, triggered, perhaps by the sound of a song in a car at a stop light, the sight of a certain color hair, or, most strongly, a scent slipping into your brain upbiden. For me, smell. Summersweet may well be my first plant love. The unique […]

August 1, 2011

Annuals in the Landscape

Filed under: Annuals — Tim Parsons @ 5:49 am  Tagged ,

A couple of months ago I’d found myself up in Burlington. I’d been planting some of the flower beds on campus, so annuals were on my mind. We (miraculously) got a place to park right outside the store, and I jump out. Looking towards the road, I see an abomination of an annual planting, one […]

July 10, 2011

A Wednesday Thunderstorm

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:05 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Last wednesday we had a rip-banger. Thunderstorms developed in the hot summer air over Northern New York, and built as they tracked across the lake. The line continued to build once across the lake, and erupted on top of Middlebury. I was sitting at home, (I was at work early), watching lightening strike all around […]

February 4, 2011

Edge and Atwater

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 2:56 pm  Tagged , ,

Yes, dear readers, I’m still cheating on you on another blog. The Atwater contest is nearing completion, though, and in one of the final posts for Turf Battle I’m again writing about a landscape concept you all might find interesting. I write about Edge, and how it effects the composition of masses and spaces within […]

January 27, 2011

Space and Atwater

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 11:18 am  Tagged ,

I’ve just finished a blog post for the Turf Battle competition that I thought readers of this blog may find interesting, as it pertains to landscape design, the Middlebury landscape in particular. In Space, I wrote about the hierarchy of outdoor spaces on campus, and how the master plan for Middlebury sees our outdoor spaces. I found […]

January 9, 2011

Annual Review

Filed under: Annuals — Tim Parsons @ 11:37 am  Tagged ,

Regular blog readers (all four of you or so) probably don’t realize I can read about you as well. Through the wonders of an add-in on the blog called Blog Stats, I can see not only how many people are reading pages on this blog, but what pages they are hitting. It can be kinda […]

January 7, 2011

Sustainable Landscaping

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 12:15 pm  Tagged ,

While doing a post on the Sustainable Sites Initiative for the Atwater Landscape contest blog Turf Battle I’d remembered I also wanted to write about a homeowner version of this document called Landscape for Life. I first read about this project at the wonderful Garden Rant blog, then immediately went to read the document. I’d been following […]

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