• 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

    For this year’s keynote event, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum is proud to host nationally renowned farmer-philosopher Frederick L. Kirschenmann for a Local Foods Dinner and Discussion on July 30. Author and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Kirschenmann is part of the line of major New Agrarian voices that begins with Bailey’s writings at the turn of the last century, and now he is coming to South Haven for the first time to give our 2014 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.