Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Earth Stewardship, Outdoor Learning, Food Consciousness, Arts and Rural Culture, Well-Balanced Life museum, nat'l historic site, & edu. outreach center
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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum (LHBM) is the birthplace and childhood home of America's Father of Modern Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954), built in the Greek Revival style in 1858. We are a National Historic Place on the National Register of Historic Places; the only museum in the world dedicated solely to Bailey's life and work; a botanic garden featuring a collection of interpretive horticultural gardens, community garden plots, and a wooded nature trail; a research center featuring one of the most extensive library collections of Bailey's publications in the world and recently the home of the Bailey Family Library Collection spanning 1,000+ volumes; the site of South Haven's historic blacksmith's shop; and an educational outreach center serving the greater South Haven community. We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to you, your friends, and your family to come investigate one of history's most interesting characters. Feel free to join us for events throughout the summer and fall, and, if you're so inclined, we hope you'll make a small contribution to help keep Bailey's beliefs alive. Summer hours run May through September. During the "off-season," we are open by appointment only, but do give us a ring, and we'll set up a time to meet and show you the place! Please send mail to P. O. Box 626. Follow us on Twitter @LHBMuseum or on Google+ at www.google.com/+LibertyHydeBaileyMuseumSouthHaven. Treasurer of the Board of Trustees Joan Hiddema. "Little children love the dandelions: why may not we?" -LHB

Mission: We are dedicated to educating people about America’s Father of Modern Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey. He believed in putting people in sympathy with their environment. We strive to fulfill his vision.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo
01/20/2020

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo

Our 2020 Bailey Conference keynote - Saturday Oct 3- Save the date !
01/14/2020

Our 2020 Bailey Conference keynote -
Saturday Oct 3- Save the date !

Lots of great talks scheduled for this year! I'll be sharing additional information as registration becomes available. 😊

Effortless environmentalism ...
01/14/2020
Chasing Bugs

Effortless environmentalism ...

A great piece on environmental resolutions...

“Reframe your relationship with bugs. Insects are the bread and butter of the natural world, but they are dying out. Think of your yard as ground zero of the entire local food chain.”

🙌🏻 👏🏻

Chasing Bugs
01/07/2020
Chasing Bugs

Chasing Bugs

A newly published paper in “Nature Ecology and Evolution” highlights a recovery roadmap for reversing the insect apocalypse.

“In the short term, the roadmap advocates immediate action on rewilding and conservation programmes, avoiding and mitigating the impact of alien species and prioritising imports that are not produced at the cost of species-rich ecosystems. Enhancing citizen science projects to improve data quality and inform academic study was also deemed a priority.”

What can you do at home?

🛑 Say “no” to invasive plants
💡Flip the switch on light pollution
🌿 Rewild your landscape with native plants
☠️ Eliminate pesticides from your landscape

Easy peasy!

So interesting ...
01/07/2020
Sharyn McCrumb

So interesting ...

I did not know this about lilac bushes. If you live in a century-old home with lilac bushes on the property, they may be telling you something.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo
01/02/2020

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo

12/23/2019
Today I Read

Today I Read

The Amazing Dance Of Nature: Watch Plants Grow

Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2020
12/18/2019
Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2020

Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2020

This webinar series will prepare farmers to start a farm or add a new agricultural enterprise supported by the latest research-based information from MSU and other experts.

postcard of Bailey Avenue in snow, featuring the trees planted by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sr. (torn down for road expansion...
12/18/2019

postcard of Bailey Avenue in snow, featuring the trees planted by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sr. (torn down for road expansion years ago), shared publicly by History Prize on their page

Great gift idea !
12/18/2019

Great gift idea !

The #RecycleMI Supporter Program makes a great gift either for yourself or a loved one! $40 gets you or them a t-shirt, a window cling, and a subscription to our quarterly Recycle, MI Supporter Newsletter full of tips for people who want to recycle better. Not only that, but your $40 donation will support recycling right here in Michigan! Learn more here: https://recyclemichigan.org/supporter-program/

So interesting ...
11/30/2019
Tons of acorns? It must be a mast year

So interesting ...

Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?

Want more birds in your yard? Plant an oak tree . Oak trees support a large amount of native insect species. And birds e...
11/21/2019

Want more birds in your yard? Plant an oak tree . Oak trees support a large amount of native insect species. And birds eat a lot of insects .

‪“This feeling that the Oak represents a long span of years is itself the reason why we should consider the tree with veneration and let it live its full time […]. Spare the isolated Oak trees! Of whatever kind or species, a mature Oak is beyond price.”‬

‪#DailyLHBailey, from “Oak” by L. H. Bailey, in the Cyclopedia of American Horticulture, 1901

Also in The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s Companion: Essential Writings (#ComstockPublishing-Cornell University Press, 2019), available at 30% off with code 09FLYER here: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501740237/the-liberty-hyde-bailey-gardeners-companion/

#GardenersCompanion #lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #cyclopediaofamericanhorticulture #oak #tree #oaktree #preservation #nature #value #horticulture #arboriculture #field #openfields #cyclopedia #encyclopedia #agrarian #quote #quotes

TEDx
11/15/2019
TEDx

TEDx

There's more than meets the fly:

Phyllis Higman , quoted in this article was a speaker at the  Bailey Fall Conference
11/12/2019
Wild Ones River City-Grand Rapids Area Chapter

Phyllis Higman , quoted in this article was a speaker at the Bailey Fall Conference

Michigan researchers recently created a series of steps to show people how to rid Great Lakes islands of plants and animals that invade their ecosystems.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo
11/11/2019

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo

11/11/2019
Foundry Hall

Foundry Hall

Mandolin fiddle duel during June Apple, with the Grand Rapids based Hoptown Rounders at the Bailey Museum featuring Jason Wheeler and Drew Najor.

One of my favorite LHB quotes .
11/07/2019

One of my favorite LHB quotes .

"The holy harvest is in the season's brood, the showers of the fallen golden leaves, the preparation for another May, the year's accomplishment and the ripened soul. The energies of June are garnered in November."

#DailyLHBailey from The Harvest of the Year to the Tiller of the Soil by L.H. Bailey, 1927

Also in The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s Companion: Essential Writings (#ComstockPublishing-Cornell University Press), 30% off here with code 09FLYER: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501740237/the-liberty-hyde-bailey-gardeners-companion/

‪#GardenersCompanion #lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #gardenlover #quote #quotes #plants #nature #seasons

Nice shoutout today from a travel site. If you have not visited, put us on your bucket list!
11/05/2019
9 Best Things to Do in South Haven, Michigan

Nice shoutout today from a travel site. If you have not visited, put us on your bucket list!

South Haven, Michigan sits right on the lake, so the scenery already is enough of a reason to visit—but there’s so much more. Agriculturally, there’s much to explore, from farms to top-notch cuisine—a foodie gem. Plenty of hotels are at your disposal, but you may opt to stay in a classic man...

The scope of life contained in the world’s soil is so vast that scientists are just now beginning to understand it. And ...
10/29/2019
Soil Health. World Health. Planet Health. | News

The scope of life contained in the world’s soil is so vast that scientists are just now beginning to understand it. And the more they discover, the more we can see soil’s potential to help and heal our environment, our food and agricultural systems, and our bodies.
Soil may be a very thin layer on our planet, but it is an integral base layer of life. “Soil is the basis of all life as we know it,” says Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rattan Lal.
LINK TO ARTICLE: https://news.blog.gustavus.edu/2018/09/11/soil-health-world-health-planet-health/

Soil is alive. We are just now learning what that means. What we do know: When soil quality goes up, so does yield, and so does our planet’s health.

Come and take a walk in our backwoods 😄
10/26/2019
Study: The More Trees We're Surrounded By, The Lower Our Stress Levels

Come and take a walk in our backwoods 😄

Lining city streets with trees reduces physiological symptoms of stress in humans. The thicker the tree cover, the lower the stress levels, study finds. We all know that a walk in nature can help slow the maddening pace of modern life and bring us back into the moment, but a …

Gift from HASH to the Bailey today!! Written by Dr. Beal, a mentor of a young LHB. Beal visited South Haven and stayed w...
10/24/2019

Gift from HASH to the Bailey today!! Written by Dr. Beal, a mentor of a young LHB. Beal visited South Haven and stayed with Bailey family.

Van Buren Conservation District
10/18/2019
Van Buren Conservation District

Van Buren Conservation District

Here's #FridayFirewoodFact: Spotted Lanternfly is on the move! It may not be here in Michigan, but it can easily move on vehicles, outdoor furniture, and firewood! A good reminder to always #BuyItWhereYouBurnIt!

Stink Bug Invasion Noted In Van Buren County
10/10/2019
Stink Bug Invasion Noted In Van Buren County

Stink Bug Invasion Noted In Van Buren County

If you’re dealing with stink bugs in your home, you’re not alone. Nor Serocki of the Van Buren Conservation District has some ideas about keeping bugs from getting in. “They try to find the tiny cracks that

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District
10/10/2019
Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

It's Friday. It's almost the weekend.
Maybe you are going to do some yard work this weekend.
How about some light reading before you do so.

Let's make our gardens more friendly for pollinators and other critters who we need in our environment.

Links away!!

Garden cleanup: How to help overwintering pollinators
https://www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/garden-cleanup-how-to-help-pollinators/576702.html?fbclid=IwAR0w7rmsxxwSVIOuGABeYrEtVSkxNcJ27mGBX5kXn38TMnV7IzZooG6IsjE

What to do With Fallen Leaves
https://blog.nwf.org/2014/11/what-to-do-with-fallen-leaves/?fbclid=IwAR147zxqQxU6IzSJhqY3tikthdc7PjEPN01lL8MKvAcV8n3AVBD2SZ9H-Xk

Landscaping with a Purpose – What’s Diversity Got To Do with It?
https://www.ecolandscaping.org/02/designing-ecological-landscapes/native-plants/landscaping-purpose-whats-diversity-got/?fbclid=IwAR1SqVcPSZm2DV-iUvaWUGny81DbsDtaefeRasV6pR20EAtQ3eQFFDnkXWs

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library
10/08/2019

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library

"Love the things nearest at hand; and love intensely."

#DailyLHBailey from Garden-Making by L.H.Bailey, 1898

Also in The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s Companion: Essential Writings (#ComstockPublishing-Cornell University Press), 30% off here with code 09FLYER: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501740237/the-liberty-hyde-bailey-gardeners-companion/‬

‪#GardenersCompanion #lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #gardenlover #quote #quotes #plants #nature

10/07/2019
Sybil

Glad you could make the Conference on Saturday !

The conference was great. Here is a quote provided by Cybelle Shattuck during her session "Ministry of Place, Stewardship, Fellowship and Community", by Dr. James (Gus) Speth, that might be the most important message we should focus on: “I used to think that top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo
10/07/2019

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo

Love ❤️ this
10/01/2019

Love ❤️ this

"Yet I fancy that more than one human being has been led to a love of plants from having first known them in some grandmother's garden."

#DailyLHBailey from A Reverie of Gardens by L.H. Bailey, 1901

Also in The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s Companion: Essential Writings (#ComstockPublishing-Cornell University Press), 30% off here with code 09FLYER: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501740237/the-liberty-hyde-bailey-gardeners-companion/‬

‪#GardenersCompanion #lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #gardenlover #gardenersworld ‬#garden #gardens #quote #quotes #plants

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library
09/22/2019

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library

“The sacredness to us of the earth is intrinsic and inherent. It lies in our necessary relationship and in the duty imposed upon us to have dominion, and to exercise ourselves even against our own interests. We may not waste that which is not ours.”

‪#DailyLHBailey, from The Holy Earth by L. H. Bailey, 1915

‪Centennial edition, with a new foreword by #WendellBerry, available from Counterpoint Press here: https://www.counterpointpress.com/dd-product/the-holy-earth/‬

#lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #holyearth #centennial #wendellberry #sacred #earth #soil #planet #dominion #stewardship #notourland #agrarian #agriculture #farming #farmlife #responsibility #quote #quotes

Thinking about the Lake Michigan beaches, especially South Haven.
09/17/2019

Thinking about the Lake Michigan beaches, especially South Haven.

Amazing! ❤️

Will be speaking at the Bailey Conference about their new book.
09/15/2019

Will be speaking at the Bailey Conference about their new book.

Thanks to Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cornell Press for a successful and fun book launch! Bailey's enthusiasm was present in the room and among the great folks who turned out this Sunday afternoon. Until next time!

John Linstrom and John Stempien are two speakers at the Bailey Museum Conference.  They know a whole lot about Liberty H...
09/14/2019

John Linstrom and John Stempien are two speakers at the Bailey Museum Conference. They know a whole lot about Liberty Hyde Bailey and they love to share what they know. You will enjoy.

L.H. Bailey en route from Detroit, Michigan to Ithaca, New York/Cornell University to launch The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion tomorrow at the Cornell Botanic Gardens at 3:30! ✈🌿📗

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s Companion: Essential Writings (#ComstockPublishing-Cornell University Press), 30% off here with code 09FLYER: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501740237/the-liberty-hyde-bailey-gardeners-companion/‬

‪#GardenersCompanion #lhbailey #libertyhydebailey #gardenlover #gardenersworld ‬#garden #gardens #plants

09/09/2019

My name is Zadie Jackson. I am the director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, and one of the editors of this website. I receive many items on my personal page, that have to do with nature, the South Haven Community, and other things I think might interest you. I share them because I think you might enjoy or they might be of interest to you. For whatever reason, today I thought I should explain to you why you are receiving them. zadie

FYI
09/09/2019

FYI

Join us September 18 for a special Speakers' Event that will be held at 6:30 PM at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in lieu of our bi-monthly meeting!

Information I think you would like to know.
09/07/2019

Information I think you would like to know.

A sustainable landscape designer told us he's constantly frustrated because his customers demand 'evergreen' .... always evergreen! But that's not the way our native plants work. The "perfect golf-course-style-lawn" culture has made us see the beautiful season of autumn, leaves, and twigs as the enemy. They use battalions of leaf blowers to blow it all away no matter the noise or pollution. Sustainable landscape design means celebrating the beauty of every season! Many beautiful moths and butterflies wrap up in fall leaves or overwinter in a state that looks like a fall leaf or twig. That's why you'll see more if you leave the leaves or gently rake and leave them somewhere on your property. Rake what you need to, leave what you can. Put the raked leaves in your 'Wild Area" #leavetheleaves #leafblowers #banleafblowers #leavesarenotlitter #leaves #butterflies #moths
LINK TO ARTICLE: https://xerces.org/2017/10/06/leave-the-leaves/

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo
09/06/2019

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum's cover photo

Be sure to check out the bike on the porch at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum.  It is lovely.
09/06/2019

Be sure to check out the bike on the porch at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. It is lovely.

The Silent Auction on our Art Bikes is complete! If you won a bike in the silent auction, congratulations! We will be in touch with regrading paying your auction Bid and receiving your new sculptural bike!

Auctioned by sales will go to support the work of the South Haven Center for the Arts.

We are grateful to all the artists who decorated this beautiful bicycles, the businesses, neighborhood groups and non-profits who are hosting bicycles, and to Rock N' Road, Cycle Recycle, and the South Haven Police department who donated the bicycles to be decorated.

These bikes have so much detail, please go see them in person at their locations!

Please email [email protected] or call 269-637-1041 if you have any questions.

Bidding Ends September 15, 2019

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library
09/05/2019
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library

Yesterday a feature in the Cornell Alumni Magazine, today a podcast interview of editors John Stempien and John Linstrom on Cornell University Press’s podcast, 1869! Give it a listen for a little more insight into the book and into Bailey’s fascinating life (link is to SoundCloud; also available via Apple Podcasts and Spotify): https://soundcloud.com/user-972332815/1869-ep-78-w-the-liberty-hyde-baileys-gardeners-companion-editors-john-stempien-john-linstrom

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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum (LHBM) is the birthplace and childhood home of America's Father of Modern Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954), built in the Greek Revival style in 1858. We are a National Historic Place on the National Register of Historic Places; the only museum in the world dedicated solely to Bailey's life and work; a botanic garden featuring a collection of interpretive horticultural gardens, community garden plots, and a wooded nature trail; a research center featuring one of the most extensive library collections of Bailey's publications in the world and recently the home of the Bailey Family Library Collection spanning 1,000+ volumes; the site of South Haven's historic blacksmith's shop; and an educational outreach center serving the greater South Haven community. We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to you, your friends, and your family to come investigate one of history's most interesting characters. Feel free to join us for events throughout the summer and fall, and, if you're so inclined, we hope you'll make a small contribution to help keep Bailey's beliefs alive. Summer hours run May through September. During the "off-season," we are open by appointment only, but do give us a ring, and we'll set up a time to meet and show you the place! Please send mail to P. O. Box 626 South Haven, MI 49090 "Little children love the dandelions: why may not we?" -LHB

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The conference was great. Here is a quote provided by Cybelle Shattuck during her session "Ministry of Place, Stewardship, Fellowship and Community", by Dr. James (Gus) Speth, that might be the most important message we should focus on: “I used to think that top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
Be sure to look at the Bailey Conference website to learn about the 13 very good presenters. baileymuseumfallconference.com
Anyone interested in ride sharing to this conference on Oct. 5?
My Grandma was Maude Adkin Merson who lived in South Haven and knew Liberty Hyde Bailey.
Thank you for the wonderful field trip we had last week. My class was very interested and you did a wonderful job with them! I have some wonderful pictures that I have posted on my classroom page. I'm not sure how to put them on your page though. :) Thanks again!
Thank you to the MCACA and the City of South Haven 2018 has been a good year for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. The Museum was the recipient of two grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The mission of the MCACA is broad, yet simple: To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. MCACA does this by increasing the visibility of arts and culture throughout the state, supporting arts education, encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art and broadening cultural understanding. The first was a Capital Improvement Grant in the amount of $18,200. By working with the City of South Haven, the years of debris was removed from the basement, the foundation was shored up, and a sump pump was installed. By doing this, the Bailey Board of Trustees can now catalog its extensive book collection and make two rooms on the second floor of the Museum a research library. It is the plan of the Board that the Museum becomes a research site for those seeing information about Liberty Hyde Bailey his work and his legacy. The second was an Operational Support Grant in the amount of $11,200. The purpose of these grants is Operational Support is to provide operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Because of this support, the Bailey Museum was able to host the first Bailey Conference. The day-long Conference brought internationally known entomologist Douglas Tallamay, author of Bringing Nature Home, and 13 other noted botanists, agronomists, artists, authors, and farmers to South Haven. The Bailey Board thanks the MCACA for overseeing the distribution of these grants. Further, it thanks the people of the State of Michigan for making this possible through their taxes.
The first Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum 2018 Fall Conference is over. It was a success! Over 160 people attended. The keynote speaker was more than well received -- Douglas Tallamy was a hit. Of course every conference has a problem or two. This one had two: which of the 13 presentations to attend. For a fledgling conference the speakers where knowledgeable and well-spoken. The other problem -- how to eat all the food. The South Haven Public Schools food department provided a perfect lunch. And when I was the members of the South Haven Garden Club provided the continental breakfast and snacks, well need I say more. There was a good selection of vendors, all relating to Bailey's vision. This conference was the work of many people who worked many hours. The Bailey Board of Directors was pleased to bring this conference to southwest Michigan. However, it knows without the collaboration of the South Haven Garden Club, the South Haven Public Schools, the South Haven Community Foundation, and the MGC District III it would never have been the success it was. They were the perfect collaborators. It was a great day!!
The Vineyard tour was a great experience. Learned so much. Had a wonderful time.