Brown Bag with Ted Guimond on June 15.

June 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

The Brown Bag Botany Series continues under the Walnut Tree.   Blacksmith Ted Guimond will demonstrate making tools for the garden on a portable forge and he will make tools, “S” hooks.  Ted will be working over the fire with iron, hammer and anvil to show how iron is converted into useful, unique tools for the garden.  The demonstration promises to be entertaining.

Tools made during the demonstration will be offered for sale following.

So bring a lunch and join us outside for the Ted’s talk.

For other upcoming events see our upcoming events page:

Bill Bird kicks-off the Brown Bag Botany series

June 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm

We are pleased that popular and authoritative speaker Bill Bird is returning to the Bailey Museum to speak for our lunchtime lecture series, Brown Bag Botany.  He will join us under the Walnut Tree on June 8 at noon to discuss, “Summer Annuals; Finding the fit with Sun, Shade and Soil.”

The program is free and it will be held behind the museum at picnic tables.  If it rains we will move into the McNeill gallery inside the museum.

Please join us with your bag lunch.

Watch for other Brown Bags coming practically every Wednesday this summer.  Our calendar and newsletter have the whole line-up.


Support for museum programs is provide in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Firefly, New art show featuring art work by Victoria Howard

May 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

An exciting new art show featuring original drawings and paintings of birds, flowers and fireflies will begin at the Bailey Museum on May 13.  The exhibition, Firefly: Color and Lines of Nature, New artwork by Victoria Howard, will include many small works in mixed media.

There will be a public reception to meet Ms. Howard at the Bailey Museum at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 14 with hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  The artwork will be available for sale.

“This series, Firefly, reflects on my relationship to experiences in Michigan and illustrates my deep love for nature and natural elements, and the ephemeral preciousness of our world,” Victoria Howard said.

Howard has regularly visited South Haven and for the past two has been studying the works of Liberty Hyde Bailey.  A resident of the Los Angeles area, she is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and she holds a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California.

She has taught for 30 years to individuals of all ages and predominantly those with disabilities.  She has coordinated the Living Arts Program for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs which focused on bringing art classes to hospitals, at-risk children and adult care facilities.   She continues to teach part-time.

The exhibition will continue until June 18, 2016.

The exhibition is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

John Linstrom featured in interview on Classical 89 KBYU

April 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Recently John Linstrom was interviewed on the radio program Thinking Aloud about The Holy Earth.  The interview aired on April 22, 2016.  We have included a link to the interview below, click on it and look for the interview under “Recent Broadcasts,  John Linstrom: 100 years of “The Holy Earth” by Liberty Hyde Bailey.”  The interview lasts about 29 minutes.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 23.

April 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

The Bailey Museum is organizing several activities to observe Earth Day on Saturday, April 23.  Events are free to the public, please contact the museum to sign-up.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with rolls and coffee prior to Fenske’s talk.

At 10:00 a.m. Dr. Fenske, the museum’s Master Gardener, will give a presentation about Mason Bees.  Mason Bees are efficient pollinators, smaller than honey bees, that nest individually in holes on upright surfaces.  Dr. Fenske will discuss the benefits and how to attract Mason Bees to one’s garden.  Mason Bee houses and materials will be available for sale. Bees order forms will also be available.  They can be shipped dormant in time for warm weather.

There will be sapling trees native to Michigan available for sale by the museum.  There will be eleven types to choose between $6 and $12 each.

We will have: Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Northern Red Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Sugar Maple, Swamp White Oak, American Mountain Ash, Grey Dogwood, Red Bud, White Flowering Dogwood.  The trees are supplied by the Van Buren Conservation District.

After the talk there will be a virtual plant & seed exchange with which people can share contact information about their extra rhizomes, bulbs or seeds they want to share with fellow gardeners.  The museum will also sell surplus Canna roots from the gardens.

We also encourage people to bring flower, gardening or horticulture catalogs and books they may like to exchange with other gardeners.  This excludes any museum library material.

The museum will provide a light, cold lunch for those who would like to watch the movie.  Please contact us to register.

At noon, we will present the documentary, “Symphony of the Soil,” a film by Deborah Koons Garcia.  The film explores, in an artistic way, the dynamic ecosystem of soil.   More about the movie is at

We are very excited that several Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will be helping to eradicate invasive plants along the nature walk behind the museum.  As part of a National Wildlife Federation Garlic-Mustard pull and Weigh-in, we will be competing to rid our park of this non-native plant that shades-out native wildflowers.  Lunch will follow for the participating scouts.  After lunch scouts get a guided tour of the museum.

To attend any of these free events for Earth Day please contact the museum to register, 269-637-3251 or by email,

Join us at Su Casa April 7 for dinner!

April 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Join us for the next Night for the Museums event at Su Casa Restaurante, ( located on Center St. in downtown South Haven.

Please join us on April 7 from 5-9, and a portion of the night’s bill will be donated to South Haven museums.

We deeply appreciate the support of Su Casa as well as the patrons who have made this a festive monthly happening.


A special thank you to restaurants for their long-term support:

Thirsty Perch and Oyster House, Phoenix St. Cafe, Clementine’s, Taste, Su Casa and Amicarelli Vineyard.



Dinner at Taste with us, on March 3.

February 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm

We are looking forward to the next Night for the Museums event at Taste (  Taste, located on the corner of Phoenix and Kalamazoo St. in downtown South Haven, is known for its “small plates” dishes served to share at the table.  Taste has a full bar (Martinis!) and a wide selection of food at a location that overlooks the harbor.

Please join us on March 3 from 5-9, and a portion of the night’s bill will be donated to South Haven museums.

We deeply appreciate the support of Taste and other participating restaurants as well as the patrons who have made this a festive monthly happening.

The final Nights event is April 7 at Su Casa Restaurante.

Night for Museums, gathers February 4 at the Amicarelli Vineyard

February 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Please join us for dinner on February 4 at the Amicarelli Vineyard Italian Restaurant in South Haven ( ) for the fourth Night for the Museums.  This monthly event benefits the Museums of South Haven by contributing a part of the evenings profits.  This includes dining-in or take-out orders.

It is a fun way to enjoy great, fresh, local food and help strengthen our museums which preserve and celebrate South Haven’s farm, maritime and artistic legacies.

There will be Nights on March 3, at Taste and April 7 at Su Casa.

See you there!

We still have red poinsettias!

December 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum still has poinsettias for sale!  We have small and large red plants until they are sold out…

We appreciate everyone that bought a poinsettia to enjoy at home or work.

We are open this week 9:00 – 3:30 until Friday, unless we sell-out, then we close except by appointment.



Art & Antiques, A special Holiday Sale 2015

November 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm
Art & Antiques Holiday Sale is coming to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum!
 The Sale will feature original artwork and selected antiques: items that are funky, traditional, upcycled, and hard to find.
Shoppers will find handcrafted bowls, custom jewelry, felted toys, abstract paintings, antique chairs, cabinets and settees.  Shoppers will find hand-made quilts,  a brass bed, varied primitives, vintage smalls and sundries, and hand-made ornaments.   There will also be wooden bowls, carved spatulas and up-cycled Kitty sweaters.
The price range will be from $5 up to $1,000 with most items in the $10 to $20 range. There is truly something for everyone.
Women’s Only Weekend registered participants get an additional 10% off November 13 and 14.
The Sale is organized by museum volunteers Robin Reva and Joan Hiddema.
 The Sale will include a wide variety of poinsettias again this year! There will be a choice of style and size of these brightly colored holiday plants. There will be traditional red, white, pink and others.
The Museum gift shop will be open during the Sale as well!  During public hours, the museum offers a variety of books, children’s science toys, and coloring books, for kids and adults, and vase brushes.
Art & Antiques Holiday Sale at the Bailey begins on Friday, November 13. It will be open for two weekends on November 14, 20 and 21,  from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, November 21 children’s book illustrator and author Wendy Anderson Halperin will be at the museum to sign copies of her books from 1:00 until 3:00. Planting the Wild Garden, written by Kathryn O. Galbraith, is currently available for sale at the museum.