Author: John Stempien

There is No Excellence Without Labor

November 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I came across an abbreviated quote by Bailey about excellence. However, you need the full quote for the full meaning. Here it is and keep your dreams alive! There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream himself into either usefulness or happiness. Every person needs the dream, if he is to be sensitive to his place... View Article

All Children are Born to the Natural Sky

May 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

We know it is not right that any family should be doomed to the occupancy of a very few dreary rooms and deathly closets in the depths of great cities, seeing that all children are born to the natural sky and to the wind and to the earth. We do not yet see the way... View Article

L.H. Bailey on Herbs

April 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

An Herb is a plant which dies to the ground each year. It may be annual, as bean, candytuft, pigweed; biennial, as mullein, parsnip; perennial, as burdock, foxglove, rhubarb. To the gardener, however, the word Herb is ordinarily synonymous with herbaceous perennial; and he usually has in mind those particular perennial Herbs which are grown... View Article

Library of America Publishes New Aldo Leopold Collection

March 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

At the Liberty Hyde Museum, Aldo Leopold is referred to as a legacy writer. As Bailey scholar Frederick Kirschenmann notes, “Aldo Leopold was, of course, deeply influenced by Liberty Hyde Bailey and shared Bailey’s conviction that the only way to achieve a ‘permanent’ agriculture was by means of a new land ethic grounded in such... View Article

May Dreams Gardens: Garden of Desire

February 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

May Dreams Gardens: Garden of Desire: It was Liberty Hyde Bailey who wrote in The Gardener (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925), ” Gardening is more than the gro…

Birds-Bailey’s First Published Essay

February 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

With the annual Great Backyard Bird Count coming-up on Friday, February 15th and with students and teachers at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Interpretive Garden Path doing their part, it is fitting to feature the first published essay by a young L.H. Bailey fittingly entitled, “Birds.” BIRDS: AN ESSAY READ BEFORE THE MICHIGAN STATE POMOLOGICAL SOCIETY AT... View Article

The Apple-Tree in the Landscape

February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

The April sun is soft on the broad open fenced fields, waking them gently from the long deep sleep of winter. Little rills are running full. The grass is newly coolly green. Fresh sprouts are in the sod. By copse and highway the shade bushes salute with their handkerchiefs. Apple-trees show tips of verdure. It is good to see the early greens of changing spring. It is good to look... View Article

The Feeling For Plants

January 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

One does not make a good library till one has a feeling for books, nor a good collection of pictures without a feeling for pictorial art. Neither does one make a good garden of any kind without a feeling for plants. This does not mean that the feeling must be born with the person. It... View Article

L.H. Bailey on the Oak Tree

January 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

OAK: Strength, solidity, durability are symbolized in the Oak. The tree is connected with the traditions of the race, and it is associated with literature. It is a tree of strong individuality, with bold, free growth and massive framework. Its longevity appeals to every person, even though he has no feeling for trees. It connects... View Article