Nowhere is the diversity of life better reflected than in the Park’s plant community. Awenda boasts over 700 species of plant, many of which are typically found further south or north of their existing range. Plants almost completely blanket the landscape of the Park; they have an overwhelming influence in the lives of other organisms such as animals and fungi; and in form and colour, they are profoundly pleasing to the human eye, making Awenda a photographer’s dream. From the first timid spring ephemeral in April to the last striking autumn leaf to drop, Awenda’s plant community is sure to deliver many a picturesque moment.
To learn more about Awenda’s diverse array of plants, join a Park Naturalist on a Tree/Wildflower Hike or at an Evening Program during the summer Natural Heritage Education program schedule.
Discovery in Awenda!
Clement Charles Todd was the assistant surgeon at the British naval establishment that was active in Penetanguishene between 1819-1827. Although Todd only held the title of assistant surgeon, his predecessor, Mr. Tart, passed away shortly after arriving in Penetanguishene, leaving all the medical duties to Todd. Todd was responsible for the medical needs of the entire base, including the officers and their wives, sailors, and skilled labourers.
The medical cases he dealt with were fairly low risk and he was able to rely heavily on herbal teas, salves and poultices of plants found here at Awenda. This allowed him to serve his keen interest in botany.
Linum medium was a plant that Todd discovered! He was also recognized for the recording and discovery of a number of other plants in the region, including Pale St. Johnswort, Closed Bottle Gentian and Western Rattlesnake Fern.
Fun Fact: The west side of Methodist Point was named Todd Point after Clement Charles Todd!