The Middlebury Landscape

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 […]

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 […]

April 20, 2012

A New Class Tree

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 2:44 pm  Tagged , ,

What we call a Class Tree on campus is a tree commemorating a graduated class, typically christened with a ceremony during reunion, such as on a 10th, 25th, or even greater. Our department was recently asked to pick a potential class tree for the upcoming reunion, and we’re more than happy to help. Traditionally we […]

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 […]

February 4, 2011

Edge and Atwater

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 2:56 pm  Tagged , ,

Yes, dear readers, I’m still cheating on you on another blog. The Atwater contest is nearing completion, though, and in one of the final posts for Turf Battle I’m again writing about a landscape concept you all might find interesting. I write about Edge, and how it effects the composition of masses and spaces within […]

January 27, 2011

Space and Atwater

Filed under: Atwater Contest — Tim Parsons @ 11:18 am  Tagged ,

I’ve just finished a blog post for the Turf Battle competition that I thought readers of this blog may find interesting, as it pertains to landscape design, the Middlebury landscape in particular. In Space, I wrote about the hierarchy of outdoor spaces on campus, and how the master plan for Middlebury sees our outdoor spaces. I found […]

January 18, 2011

Middlebury Landscape History

Filed under: Atwater Contest,Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 7:55 am  Tagged

Over on the Turf Battle Atwater Landscape Contest Blog, I just posted a short new piece readers of this blog might find interesting. I was fooling around in ArcGIS one day, when I came across some historical aerial photographs of the town of Middlebury, including areas of the campus. I exported 3 pictures from the […]

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? […]

March 16, 2010

The Most Beautiful College Campuses

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 6:55 am  Tagged

Forbes recently wrote an article on The World’s Most Beautiful College Campuses. A nice slide show is included in the article, if you can ignore the pervasive advertising in it. Take a look at the Middle Path at Kenyon College, or one of my personal favorites, the campus of Wellesly College, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead […]

December 1, 2009

Main Quad Tree Removal

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 12:41 pm  Tagged , ,

While we dislike removing trees, sometimes we must. The Landscape Department is overseeing the removal of some hazardous trees in the main quad over winter recess. (We like removing trees over recesses–there is no pedestrian traffic and hopefully the ground will be frozen enough so we don’t make much of a mess.)  Since the trees […]

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