The Middlebury Landscape

December 8, 2010

Tree Hazards and Removals

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:23 pm  Tagged ,

How do we decide when to remove a tree? It’s the hardest part of our job here in the landscape department, deciding when to give up on one of our trees, and schedule its removal. Some of our oldest trees on campus have their life span measured not in years, but in centuries, so removing […]

October 30, 2010

Some Late Fall Color

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 7:03 pm  Tagged ,

We’re in the bitter end of fall here, at least in terms of foliage. To me, this is when trees really start to shine. Maybe it’s all the bare trees nearby, or the perpetually cloudy skies, but the remaining foliage seems to take on an extra glow, or maybe urgency. Foliage colors that wouldn’t have […]

October 28, 2010

Best Addition to the Landscape 2010

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 7:52 am  Tagged ,

Everybody has been talking about it, and I know I’m late to the party in posting a picture of the mural on the back of Wright Theater. What I wanted to post, though, was not the best picture of the mural out there, but a picture of the mural in the context of the greater […]

October 24, 2010

Shade Plantings, and a new Service Building look

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 2:58 pm  Tagged , ,

Landscape books often write about shade as a “problem”, or give chapters on “solutions” for shady locations. I think that’s crazy talk. Shade plantings require a slightly different mindset, like stepping two feet to the left and looking at the world slightly skewed. Full sun is luxuriant-throw anything in there, and it’s bound to look […]

September 22, 2010

Tree Planting 2010

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:52 am  Tagged , , ,

Of all the work we do here in the landscape department, some of the best is the tree planting. Think of our landscape at Middlebury as a living organism, changing and evolving. Trees have a lifespan, like us, only measured not in decades but hopefully in centuries, for the best and strongest. Site vagaries not […]

September 7, 2010

New Planting for Pearson Hall

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 7:48 pm  Tagged , ,

One of my frequent failings in landscaping is my overall excitement when starting a job, especially here at Middlebury. So much of the work we do in the department for new plantings is ripping out large, overgrown, outdated landscape shrubs. Crank up the chainsaw, get the backhoe in position, and dive right in. The failing? […]

May 9, 2010

More Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 2:35 pm  Tagged , ,

I read with interest the recent article in the Middlebury Campus on the increase in vandalism this year, as I completely agree. We’ve recently lost another tree to senseless idiocy, this one a rare Silverbell. We’d only planted this tree about a year and a half ago, and it was ripped up out of the […]

May 8, 2010

Most Beautiful Parking Lot, Ever.

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:28 pm  Tagged , ,

Is there a contest out there for most beautiful parking lot? I can’t seem to google one, but if one turns up, I’m nominating the the Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot-the big one off of Porter Field Road. Monocultures are verboten in the arboricultural world, but this singular planting of ‘Snowdrift’ crabapple transforms […]

April 30, 2010

More Art in the Landscape

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 6:59 pm  Tagged , ,

While I’ve already proven my failure as an Art Critic, I still enjoy the end of the term, when outside art projects start appearing overnight, and I feel like I should share them with you. Very rarely do we in the department ever find anything out about the works-we don’t even know the class or professor. […]

April 26, 2010

Leaves Emerging

Filed under: Trees,Uncategorized — Tim Parsons @ 6:34 pm  Tagged ,

“What a rich book might be made about buds and, perhaps, sprouts!” Henry David Thoreau  

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