The Middlebury Landscape

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 […]

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 […]

June 13, 2011

Memorial Trees

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:25 am  Tagged , ,

Reunion and Commencement is the season when memorial trees always come to my mind. Middlebury has over 85 class trees and memorial trees-a class tree may be planted by a class during a reunion, while a memorial tree is often dedicated to a professor, or a classmate that died while they were a student. People […]

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 […]

January 23, 2011

A New Tree Map

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:14 am  Tagged ,

Admittedly, the campus tree map posted on this site can be a little overwhelming, and almost too large to be useful. Google Earth is a wonderful program, but not everyone had access to it. Ben Meader, a digital media tutor from this past summer, toured the campus with me one day, and we picked the 99 […]

January 11, 2011

The Return of the Vandal(s)

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:29 am  Tagged ,

We are not alone, for better or for worse. The Burlington Free Press on Sunday wrote an excellent article entitled “Taking it out on Trees: Vandals go out on a Limb“. In it, Joel Baird writes of the problems with vandals in Burlington, and a student in my old dorm at UVM who spoke up. […]

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 […]

November 28, 2010

Norway Maple

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 7:02 pm  Tagged

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about one of the more contentious trees in our urban forest, the Norway maple. Late this fall, while the leaves were still turning, I recently closely inspected over ⅔ of our campus trees, looking for problems, and Norway Maple kept appearing in the problem lists, with similar patterns of […]

November 17, 2010

Why?

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:06 pm  Tagged , ,

7-18-6. Not a fertilizer label, but an accounting of the fall semester at Middlebury. Seven-the  number of weekends in a row we’ve seen vandalism against trees. 18-the total number of trees affected. And 6-trees killed outright. We come into work Monday morning, and, in addition to picking up the inevitable and ubiquitous litter and detritus […]

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