SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — South Haven’s favorite native son, Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858 – 1954) will be the inspiration for the second annual Bailey Conference (OCTOBER 5TH) and Agri Tour (October 4th) in South Haven, Mi. Bailey, namesake for both Bailey Ave in South Have and his birthplace museum, is often considered the father of modern horticulture, 4-H, nature study and the agricultural extension service.
In celebration of the work and extensive agricultural influence of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858 -1954), The Bailey Museum, located at 903 Bailey Ave. South Haven, will host a weekend of conference and farm activities to better understand how Bailey’s spirit continues here in Southwest Michigan.
An Agricultural bus tour of unique farms in West Michigan will kick off the weekend, Friday October 4th. Pre-registered participants will depart from the Liberty Hyde Bailey Homestead and Museum and travel together in comfort to four selected farms in West Michigan from noon to 4:30pm.
At the conclusion of the guided tour participants will return to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum for music, local food, beverages, an exhibit by Michigan artist Conrad Kauffman, conversation and walks through the gardens.
On Saturday, October 5th, the one-day 2019 Bailey Conference, held on Lake Michigan College’s South Haven campus located at 125 Veterans Blvd in South Haven Michigan, will feature local and national speakers, art, display tables, and a chance to speak with professionals all inspired by the work, philosophy, and life of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey.
Keynote speakers will include the nationally celebrated founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, David Milarch, who has set upon a life’s mission to propagate and reintroduce the offspring of the world’s most magnificent ancient trees.
Authors John Linstrom and John Stempien will introduce their new book Bailey Gardner’s Companion, which brings together in one book the best and most accessible garden writings of perhaps the most influential literary gardener of the twentieth century. Full of timeless wit and grace, the book collects essays and poems from Bailey’s many books on gardening, as well as from newspapers and magazines from the era. Whether you’ve been gardening for decades or are searching for your first inspiration, Bailey’s words will make an ideal companion on your journey.
A reception with the work of local artist Conrad Kaufman, well known for his public murals in Southwest Michigan, will be held on September 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Bailey Museum. Kaufman will also speak at the October 5th Conference. Other topics will include: Clean Water for the World, Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Native Plants and Septic Fields, Environmental Sustainability, Where your Recycling Goes and The History of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey.
This inspirational and informative event will start with registration at 8:00 am on October 5th. Participants can choose to attend many of the 12 different programs as well as shop from the works of and meet and greet presenters at their display tables throughout the day. Breakfast, snacks, and a light lunch are included.
For more information about the Conference and registration visit http://www.baileymuseumfallconference.com or contact the Bailey Museum at 269-637-3251.
—Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
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