St. John’s Norway Cemetery: March 2021

I have driven by here often but have never before entered the grounds. I was attracted by the description on their website:

St. John’s Norway Cemetery has developed in a beautiful natural setting. The extensive varied treescape reaches deep into the earth, yet stretches tall to the sky, drawing strength from creation: the sun and the rain. Consider this: the natural, historical setting of St. John’s is a powerful statement of the role we each play in the cosmic cycle of life, death and rebirth to new life.

Before this area was swallowed up by Greater Toronto, it was called “Norway.”

The dominant trees are Norway Maple:

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

and Colorado Blue Spruce:

Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) cones

Other botany:

White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
White Spruce (Picea glauca) cones
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Hazelnut Tree (Corylus avellana)

Cemetery scenes:

Miles Hearn

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