ELLWOOD J. CARR Botanical Collection Guide

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 BOTANICAL COLLECTION Guide  
Plant Center (Girls Industrial Building)


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


ELLWOOD J. CARR PLANT CENTER at PMSS

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 Girls Industrial Building, now commonly called the “Plant Center.” The Collection forms the backbone of all botanical instruction in the EE program.The collection at PMSS represents the most extensive botanical instructional center in Eastern Kentucky.

BOTANICAL INSTRUCTIONAL CENTERS in Kentucky

Botanical gardens used as instructional centers in the State may be found at the following locations:

#Institution NameCityState
1Western Kentucky Botanical GardenOwensboroKentucky
2Gainesway FarmLexingtonKentucky
3State Botanical Garden of KentuckyLexingtonKentucky
4Baker ArboretumBowling GreenKentucky
5Cave Hill CemeteryLouisvilleKentucky
6Lakeside Commons Educational GardensNewportKentucky
7Yew Dell Botanical GardensCrestwoodKentucky
8Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & ArboretumCovingtonKentucky
9Botanica – Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical GardensLouisvilleKentucky
10Boone County ArboretumUnionKentucky
11Louisville Zoological GardenLouisvilleKentucky
12Newport AquariumNewportKentucky
13Bernheim Arboretum and Research ForestClermontKentucky

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.

ELLWOOD J. CARR, Naturalist (1910-2005)

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]

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: Instructional Materials

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

ELLWOOD J. CARR Biography
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL Book Collection
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Flora Checklist
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Edible Wild Foods
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION at PMSS
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Biography Slides

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Guide to Edible Plants
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Traditional Plant Medicines
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Herbary
ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Inventory Project

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

INDEX CARD FILE

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SEEDS

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: ANTIQUE REALIA

FINDING AID (c. 2,500 slides)

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

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SECONDARY SOURCE MATERIAL

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION: SPECIMENS