ELLWOOD J. CARR Botanical Collection Guide

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 22: Environmental Education
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ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Guide  

Plant Center (Girl’s 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. Carr, an amateur botanist and naturalist, was familiar with the Environmental Education program at Pine Mountain Settlement School and nearing retirement from a lifetime of commitment to all things botanical, he wished to support the growing programming at Pine Mountain Settlement. His very large collection comprised of specimens, inventories, historical materials, slides and photographs, and an extensive book 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. It represents the most extensive botanical collection gathered for instruction, in Eastern Kentucky.

ELLWOOD J. CARR, Naturalist 1910-2005

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.

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 an excellent hands-on experience for the many school groups that have passed through the environmental education program at PMSS.

While many other botanical instructional centers exist within the state of Kentucky, the Pine Mountain Carr Collection is the only one that represents the focus of one single individual — Ellwood J. Carr. Other representative centers within the state are listed below.

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 seen to be underrepresented. 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, but the service area is less dense than that of the urban centers. What these urban botanical gardens miss is the pristine and natural setting for some of the regions most unique flora AND fauna.

Today, the collection space has given way to an Industrial Kitchen that still makes use of Carr’s generous donations that are housed in rooms nearby. Carr’s emphasis on edibles and medicinals have been integrated into some of the workshops offered by the new Industrial Kitchen and more are planned for the future.

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

The following list of materials is not complete. More lists will be added as the collection is itemized and also integrated into School programming. Generally, the botanical collection is comprised of various discrete aggregations of instructional materials including the following:

ELLWOOD J. CARR Biography

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Correspondence

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Talks and Lectures

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Inventory and Indexing Project (EKU)

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION at PMSS

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Biography Slides

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL Book Collection

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Flora Checklist

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Edible Plants Guide

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Edible Wild Foods

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Edible Wild Foods Slides

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Herbary

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Herbal Specimens

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Traditional Plant Medicines

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Workshops and Instructional Materials

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Index Card File of Collection

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Antique Realia

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Slide Finding Aid (c. 2,500 slides)

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

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Secondary Source Materials

ELLWOOD J. CARR BOTANICAL COLLECTION Misc. Specimens