Celebrate, Honor and Remember

The Backwoods Sanctuary combines art and nature to create a space that offers a meditative and healing experience. It’s a place for family, friends, patients and employees of the hospital next door and anyone else who enjoys a contemplative place to stroll.

Our tribute program provides gift opportunities to celebrate and remember family and friends while supporting the future of the Backwoods Sanctuary. Tribute gifts are meaningful for all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and engagements, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, or as an expression of sympathy and remembrance.

The Backwoods Sanctuary offers many ways to help you celebrate or honor someone special.

Dedicate a Native Plant ($50)

Honor a loved one with a special native plant dedication at The Bailey Museum Backwoods Sanctuary. Every spring, the backwoods comes alive with the emergence of native plants and flowers. Your gift will be used for the planting and maintenance of one of these glorious native plants.

  • The gift recipient or family will receive a special card notifying them of the tribute. Gift amounts remain confidential.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.

Dedicate a Tree ($250 and above)

A tree dedication serves as a living memorial to a beloved friend or family member. All trees are chosen in consultation with the City of South Haven’s Arborist to reflect the Museum’s mission. You may choose between the following options:

  • Planting a new tree within our backwoods ($250)
  • Dedicating an existing tree ($500)

All tree dedications include the following:

  • A personalized plaque.
  • A special card notifying the gift recipient or family of the tribute. Gift amounts remain confidential.
  • An acknowledgement letter for your personal tax purposes

Dedicate a Garden ($500 and above)

Dedicating a native plant/ butterfly/bird garden is a unique way to pay tribute to a special person or occasion.  Your inscription will bring to life memories and celebrations that add a lovely sentiment to the fabric of our gardens.

  • Work with Garden staff to choose a location for your tribute.
  • Each garden will display a personalized plaque.
  • Dedications are maintained for a period of 5 years
  • The gift recipient or family will receive a special card notifying them of the tribute. Gift amounts remain confidential.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.

Dedicate a Chair or Bench ($1,500 and above)

A chair or bench dedication provides a serene place to enjoy time with family and friends or to rest and reflect while enjoying the Garden and supporting our programming.

  • Work with staff to choose a location for your tribute.
  • Each chair or bench comes with a personalized plaque.
  • Dedications are maintained for the life of the chair or bench:
  • The gift recipient or family will receive a special card notifying them of the tribute. Gift amounts remain confidential.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.

Adopt-a-Sculpture ($2,500 and above)

Commemorate a loved one by adopting a sculpture that will be placed in a designated area in the Backwoods Sanctuary.

  • Water Street gallery will assist you in the selection and location of the sculpture.
  • A plaque honoring your special person or occasion will be placed on the sculpture
  • The gift recipient or family will receive a special card notifying them of the tribute. Gift amounts remain confidential.

You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.