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 […]

February 7, 2016

The Trees are Alright

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:53 pm  Tagged , ,

Abnormal weather always has people worrying about their trees and shrubs in the yard, and this winter is anything but normal. It’s the warm temperatures that are troubling, and many people have come up to me asking if the trees are going to be OK, or if the warm temperatures mean they are going to […]

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 […]

April 8, 2014

The Botany of Syrup

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:24 am  Tagged ,

Any kid will tell you maple syrup is special, but how special? Is tapping a maple tree like putting a spigot in the trunk? And why maple? In a wonderful book I’ve written about before by Nalini M. Nadkarni called “Between Earth and Sky-Our Intimate Connection to Trees” she writes of how botanists and tree […]

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 […]

June 1, 2013

Arbor Day, the film

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 7:47 am  Tagged , ,

When some friends from the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation and the University of Vermont came to my winter term class to see our group project on Emerald Ash Borer, one of the things that impressed them the most was the diversity of experience in the classroom. We take it for granted at […]

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