• Endura: World Spiral

    Aug 21 – Sept 13: Michigan artist Joan Bonnette’s “Endura: World Spiral” has been featured in public spaces all over southwest Michigan, and this year it is coming to the Bailey Museum! Featuring paper butterflies crafted by people from our own communities, including children from our summer program Bailey’s Budding Naturalists, the spiral evokes contemplation and wonder for the diversity of life in our world.

  • Onamanni: Special Exhibit

    July 3–August 16 — A story of firsts: Liberty Hyde Bailey’s first major plant collecting expedition, which was into the Minnesota Boundary Waters in 1886; the culmination of his first major taxonomical study on a plant genus; the soon-to-be-globetrotter’s first time outside of the United States; his only written exploration of a Native American culture; and his first book-length literary/philosophical work, which was never published or made easily accessible to the public until now, in his own words and photography… Photograph courtesy Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

  • Keynote: Fred Kirschenmann

    On July 30, 2014, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum proudly hosted the nationally renowned farmer-philosopher Frederick L. Kirschenmann for a Local Foods Dinner and Discussion at Lake Michigan College. The acclaimed speaker and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is part of the line of major New Agrarian voices that begins with Bailey’s writings at the turn of the last century, and in 2014 he visited South Haven for the first time to give our annual Keynote Talk…

  • Bailey's Budding Naturalists

    Our annual summer children’s program was a blast! Joined by naturalist educators from the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Bailey Museum once again offered two six-day sessions of this free outdoor learning program to the kids of our community. They planted a garden, learned about where our food comes from, studied insects and other bugs, made artwork, pressed plants, saw monsters in pond water through microscopes, and learned all about the wonders that lie right in our own backyards.

  • Join Our Community

    There has never been a better time to join the Bailey Museum. Your membership or other donation directly supports our nonprofit’s efforts to bring accessible outdoor learning to our schools and community, to create exceptional exhibits dedicated to Bailey’s significant life and work, to host dynamic programs and speakers, to promote gardening and sustainable farming, and to keep Bailey’s vision alive. It also lets us keep you up to date and extend reciprocal membership in the American Horticultural Society.

Welcome to the Bailey Museum!

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum is located in the birthplace and childhood home of America’s “Father of Modern Horticulture” and a founder of the “New Agrarian” philosophy, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr. We are a museum, National Historic Site, educational outreach center, and culture hub in the small town of South Haven, Michigan. We welcome you, your friends, and your family to come and investigate one of history’s most interesting people. Feel free to join us for events throughout the summer and, if you’re so inclined, we hope you’ll make a small contribution to help keep Bailey’s beliefs alive.

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