The Middlebury Landscape

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 […]

October 5, 2015

Tree Tour and Planting Wednesday

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:12 pm  Tagged , ,

I’m hosting a tree tour and tree planting for our fall Arbor Day celebration this Wednesday at 4:30. It’s part of the 50 Years of Environmental Education & Leadership at Middlebury celebration (view the whole schedule here). We’ll be leaving from the front porch of Franklin Environmental Center (Hillcrest), wandering around wherever my feet and your questions take […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 18, 2012

2011’s Tree Karma Score

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

Applying for certification for Tree Campus involves a very enjoyable day of taking stock of the previous year. They ask about tree plantings, removals, dollars spent, volunteer hours, and community service projects. During a terribly boring snowless winter, it was nice to sit down and revel in our accomplishments during the previous growing season. 2011 […]

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 […]

May 4, 2011

Arbor Day 2011

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:54 am  Tagged , , ,

As you would expect from a bunch of tree fanatics, Arbor Day is a flexible holiday. The national holiday is the last Friday in April, but Vermont has snow experience in April, and pushes the date back to the first Friday in May. Here at Middlebury, we’re pushing it back even a little further, as […]

March 2, 2011

Middlebury Becomes a Tree Campus

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:45 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

I’m very (very) pleased write that Middlebury College has been named a Tree Campus for 2010, culminating work started in January of last year by the students in my Trees and the Urban Forest Winter Term class. Special thanks goes to two students in particular, Chelsea Ward-Waller and Hilary Platt, for being the driving force […]

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 […]

May 7, 2010

Happy Arbor Day!

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 12:18 am  Tagged , , , ,

A final reminder to join us, 3:00, on the McCullough Plaza for a tree walk around campus, followed by a tree planting by Bicentennial Hall. Come learn about the trees around us, and make your mark on Middlebury by planting something you’ll watch grow for the rest of your life. As part of her class […]

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