ELLWOOD J. CARR PLANT CENTER AT PMSS

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 22: Environmental Education
Series 23: Ellwood J. Carr Botanical Collection
Series 09: Biography A-Z – Consultants, Friends, Community, Guests and Related Visitors to PMSS

ELLWOOD J. CARR PLANT CENTER AT PMSS  

Plant Center (Girl’s Industrial Building)


TAGS: Ellwood J. Carr Botanical Collection ; Ellwood Jerome Carr ; “Bud” Carr ; donations ; instructional materials ; Environmental Education Program ; Girl’s Industrial Building ; Plant Center ; naturalists ;


The Ellwood J. Carr Botanical Collections came to Pine Mountain in 1984 from Carr who wished to support the growing Environmental Education program at Pine Mountain Settlement. The very large collection was housed with other instructional materials  for the Environmental Education Program in the former Girl’s Industrial Building, now commonly called the “Plant Center.” The Collection forms the backbone of all botanical instruction in the EE program.

The collection represents the most extensive botanical instructional center in Eastern Kentucky. Botanical gardens used as instructional centers in the State may be found at the following locations:

# Institution Name City State
1 Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Owensboro Kentucky
2 Gainesway Farm Lexington Kentucky
3 State Botanical Garden of Kentucky Lexington Kentucky
4 Baker Arboretum Bowling Green Kentucky
5 Cave Hill Cemetery Louisville Kentucky
6 Lakeside Commons Educational Gardens Newport Kentucky
7 Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Crestwood Kentucky
8 Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum Covington Kentucky
9 Botanica – Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens Louisville Kentucky
10 Boone County Arboretum Union Kentucky
11 Louisville Zoological Garden Louisville Kentucky
12 Newport Aquarium Newport Kentucky
13 Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Clermont Kentucky

This distribution of botanical gardens is all the more remarkable when the extraordinarily rich botanical environment of Eastern Kentucky is acknowledged. Why is there a gap in the eastern counties of the state? As the Elwood J. Carr Collection makes evident, the eastern part of the state is home to some of the rarest and most diverse flora in the Eastern United States.

Carr began his collection of specimens sometime after his 50th birthday and quickly became conversant with the language of Botany and an avid enthusiast of all things botanical, particularly edible and medicinal botanicals. Sometimes idiosyncratic and redundant, his collection provides a hands-on experience for the many school groups that have passed through the environmental education program.

Ellwood Jerome Carr (biography), who preferred to be called “Bud” throughout his life, was 95 years old when he died on March 26, 2005, in Brodhead, Kentucky. His long life as a self-taught naturalist was regularly punctuated with accomplishment and his contributions to southeastern Kentucky are well-known to those interested in the flora and fauna of this region.

Ellwood J. Carr Botanical Collection, PMSS Plant Center.

Ellwood J. Carr Botanical Collection, PMSS Plant Center. [P1130976.jpg]

Generally, the botanical collection is comprised of various discrete aggregations of instructional materials including the following:

ELLWOOD J. CARR (Biography)

ELLWOOD J. CARR PLANT CENTER AT PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: GENERAL FILES

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: CORRESPONDENCE

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: TALKS AND LECTURES

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: WORKSHOP & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: EDIBLE PLANTS

INDEX CARD FILE

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: MEDICINAL PLANTS

INDEX CARD FILE

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SEEDS

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: ANTIQUE REALIA

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SLIDES

FINDING AID (c. 2,500 slides)

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM (Personal)

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: BOOKS

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOOK COLLECTIONS

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SECONDARY SOURCE MATERIAL

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SPECIMENS