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 […]

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 […]

March 3, 2013

Pruning 101

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:10 am  Tagged

Students that have taken my class will probably remember how disdainful I was about (well, lots of things, but in this case) books on pruning. They probably still line bookstore walls, but I avert my eyes fastidiously, so don’t quote me. Large tomes on pruning trees and shrubs, each plant type seeming its own chapter. […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

December 7, 2011

Lightning 1, Spruce 0

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:22 pm  Tagged , ,

Anyone around this summer, or past readers of this blog, will remember a large thunderstorm that ripped through Middlebury two days after Independence Day.  Several trees were struck by lightning, which I wrote about after the storm. The largest tree struck was the Norway spruce in the Main Quad, one of the ones remaining after […]

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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