A Walk Near St. Augustine’s Seminary: January 2021

St. Augustine’s Seminary was established in 1913 to train priests. The land on which the Seminary was built was originally that of farmer and Anglican Adna Pherrill (1816-1892). Its construction was funded entirely by Eugene O’Keefe, a wealthy Toronto brewer and philanthropist who died months before its completion.

I bring groups to this area in the spring as there are usually warblers and other birds to be seen. In winter there are few to be found and I had none on this day.

Some botany:

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii) berries
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Pine sap
European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)


It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens

Miles Hearn

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