CC Parry Flower Exhibit

Parry2 CC Parry Flower Exhibit Native wildflowers collected from Pikes Peak are on display at the Heritage Center through the summer, celebrating the 150th anniversary of CC Parry’s 1862 botany expedition up Pikes Peak. Charles Christopher Parry (28 August 1823 to 20 February 1890) was a British-American botanist and mountaineer. He studied medicine at Columbia University, and botany under several of the 19th Century’s pre-eminent botanists. He practiced medicine for a short time, but botanical studies proved to be his passion. Parry participated in several important early surveys of the West, including travels with founders William A. Bell and General Palmer, and his papers were widely published. In 1862, Parry documented Colorado’s flora, including species on Pikes Peak. For the rest of his life, parry spent his summers on botanical explorations of the Western states and made extensive plant collections, many of which proved to be new species. In addition to focusing on Parry’s efforts, the exhibit also includes the watercolors and engravings of three women who furthered the field of botany with their art. Wildflowers from Pikes Peak are on display at the Heritage Center through the summer celebrating the 150th anniversary

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