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  http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/

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, info@libertyhydebailey.org.

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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, (http://www.sucasa-restaurante.com/) 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.



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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 (http://www.tastesouthhaven.com/).  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.

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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 (http://www.amicarellivineyard.com/ ) 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!

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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.



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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.
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Plant drawing workshop with Wendy Anderson Halperin

September 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum is hosting a workshop on  November 7 with Wendy Anderson Halperin, nationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator.   The workshop, “Draw Plants and Gain a Deeper Appreciation of Their Magic,” is for everyone interested in plants.

No drawing experience is necessary!  Students will be guided with step by step instructions through the drawing and observing process.

In addition to being an acclaimed book illustrator, the instructor Anderson Halperin, is also the Director of Drawing Children into Reading, a non-profit that has developed a curriculum for schools with gardens using drawing.    The web site for her non-profit is:   http://www.drawingchildrenintoreading.com/

Participants will  learn about plant structure, patterns, and form.  “Learn the function of various parts of the plants from seed to root, from pollinator to decomposer and from photosynthesis to your kitchen table,” Wendy said.

All students enrolling in the class are asked to bring the Crayola (brand) 64 set of crayons.  Additionally, students will be given a Portable Art Studio box with a pencil, an eraser, a terrific sharpener and an alphabet book about plants we eat.

Draw Plants and Gain a Deeper Appreciation of Their Magic workshop is Saturday, November 7 from 9 until 5, with an hour for lunch.

To register, it is $150 per person.  Payment may be mailed to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, P.O. Box 626, South Haven MI 49090, checks made to Drawing Children into Reading.  Payment may be made by credit or debit card by calling the museum, 269-637-3251.

Please contact us with any questions.

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Join us for Vineyard tour at Fenn Valley Winery

July 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum is collaborating with Fenn Valley Winery to offer an educational vineyard tour with Viticulturist and Farm Manager, Todd Robbins.

This special tour is designed around wine and the grapes in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  Participants will sample wine alongside the grapes, while Robbins explains the basics of wine making, grape growing and farm sustainability at Fenn Valley. The tour will be conducted from the “Grape Train,” specially designed wagons pulled by tractors that allow participants the opportunity to take-in vineyard vistas.

Todd Robbins is a graduate of the Michigan State University Sustainable Farming program and in interested in promoting sustainable practices.  He is also a trustee of the museum.

Following the vineyard tour participants will enjoy a chicken picnic with sides, dessert and a glass of Fenn Valley wine or hard cider.  There is a vegetarian option available.

Wine sampling is included throughout so participants must be at least 21 years old.

The tour is Thursday, August 6, at 4:00 at Fenn Valley Winery located at 6130 122nd Ave. in Fennville.  Reservations are $45 per person and may be made by calling the Bailey Museum with a credit or debit card by August 3.  Space is limited so make your reservation soon!

Contact the Bailey Museum at 269-637-5132 or info@libertyhydebailey.org.

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New exhibition on “The Holy Earth” opens

July 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

One hundred years ago, a new idea that we now take for granted was just taking hold in the American imagination—the idea that nature might have rights as well as people, and that if we don’t adequately protect our environments we might lose them.  Liberty Hyde Bailey, native son of South Haven, contributed an influential book to this discussion 100 years ago this year, and the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven is celebrating with a special exhibit, titled “The Holy Earth Centennial: Bailey’s Vision at 100,” which will run from July 18 until November 7.  The opening reception is at 7:00 July 17, former museum director John Stempien will give a short talk.

A public talk with exhibit curator John Linstrom will take place on July 19 at 7:00 p.m.  A hors d’oeuvre reception will be held at 6:00 to meet Linstrom.

In addition to his substantial contributions to the fields of botanical horticulture, outdoor education and 4-H, the land-grant university system and agricultural extension, and popular gardening, Bailey is also remembered for his major contributions to agrarian and environmental philosophy.

The Holy Earth became Bailey’s environmental manifesto,” said John Linstrom, curator of the exhibit and himself a South Havenite.  “It was also an important book in Bailey’s life—he had just retired early from academia, and he wrote much of the book on scraps of paper during a sea voyage to New Zealand to deliver a series of lectures.  He felt the freedom of the sea and of his newly independent life.  But he was also writing in the wake of his father’s death and mother’s decline here in South Haven, and the home farm and hometown are described beautifully in the book’s penultimate chapter.  So The Holy Earth is many things—philosophical, spiritual, and personal too.”

“It’s a meditation on how we should all live out our daily lives with an increased awareness that everything we do affects everything around us,” Linstrom added, “which means we all have a personal relationship to and responsibility for both the planet and our local neighborhood.  It’s a call for thankfulness and awareness, and also an impassioned plea for better, more ecological farming and land use.”

Linstrom spent several years working at the Bailey Museum, eventually as director, before heading to New York University where he has begun doctoral studies in English and hopes to study the agricultural tradition in literature.  Bailey plays a big role in that study.

The Holy Earth made a bigger impact than most people realize,” Linstrom said.  “Aldo Leopold is one of the looming figures in the history of American environmental philosophy, and his most famous idea—the idea of a ‘land ethic’—comes straight out of this slim 1915 book by our man Bailey.  It’s no wonder that, at the end of his life, Bailey counted this as his favorite of the 65 books he penned.”

The exhibit also anticipates a new centennial edition of the book, edited by Linstrom and featuring a new introduction by acclaimed author and farmer Wendell Berry, forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in December.  The book can be preordered at the museum or on its website, www.libertyhydebailey.org.  The exhibit will both unpack the book’s content and Bailey’s nuanced “earth-philosophy” and also explore the story of the book itself, from its origins in Bailey’s life experiences through its initially lukewarm reception and its popularity boom during World War II.  It will introduce Bailey’s manifesto to those who have never picked it up, and it will deepen the appreciation of those who have already treasured the book for years.

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Exciting events coming to the Bailey

May 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm

As lush shades of green return to the landscape, so too, do activities at the Bailey Museum.  The planning committees have planned seven new events through the end June.

The Spring Cleaning Sale runs May 22 & 23 and it will feature a variety of antiques, furniture, fixtures, art, and other unusual items.   We will accept cash, checks or credit.

We are offering an interesting workshop called Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture: Voices from the Land on June 18 and 19.  The workshop is in conjunction with EIRC sponsor of the Monarch Teaching Network  (www.monarchteachernetwork.org).  A form to register is available at (http://www.eirc.org/app/uploads/2015/03/South-Haven-MI-2015.pdf).  Voices is geared towards those interested in learning strategies to connect children to the landscape and fostering a love of nature.

In conjunction with the Voices workshop we are offering a public talk Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.: Under the Walnut Tree with Voices leader, Brian Hayes.  Hayes will speak about Nature Study, Listening to the Earth.  No reservations needed.

An exhibition of new paintings by South Haven artist Robin Reva opens in the McNeill Woodshed at the museum. It is called, Tellus Forms, New Watercolor Paintings.  The show opens with a public reception on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tellus Forms runs through Saturday, June 27, 2015.  It is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Come join us for the Sunday Social! Enjoy the company of other “Baileyateurs” for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the back of the museum among the lovely gardens and trees. Live music will be provided by Whiskey Before Breakfast.

Members are invited to visit Pleasant Hill Farm on Thursday, June 4, with “Baileyateurs”. We will have dinner at Salt of the Earth restaurant at 5 pm and then at 7 pm  go to Pleasant Hill Farm for a tour by farmer Joan Donaldson.   To join the expedition, please call the museum at 269-637-3251 or email the museum at info@libertyhydebailey.org to reserve your spot.

The Bailey’s Budding Naturalists (BBN) children’s camp is on again this summer in two sessions: June 22-26 and July 20 –24.  BBN is designed for children, ages 6-11, to experience the many wonders of nature through hands-on activities. This year, choose either of the two identical sessions offered in June and July!  The cost is $5 per day or $20 for the whole week.  The BBN is supported by the South Haven Garden Club.

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