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Second Annual Liberty Hyde Bailey Conference
and Agri-Tour
October 4th and 5th 2019
Lake Michigan College, South Haven Michigan
Discount pricing if registering before Sept. 30

Note: Some Wild Ones members attended last year's conference and really enjoyed it. The Oct. 5th conference may be especially appealing to Wild Ones.

South Haven’s favorite native son, Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954) and the father of modern horticulture, 4-H, nature study and the agricultural extension service, will be the inspiration for the second annual Bailey Conference (OCTOBER 5TH) and Agri Tour (October 4th) in South Haven, MI. 

In celebration of the work and extensive agricultural influence of Dr. Bailey, The Bailey Museum will host an Agricultural bus tour of four unique farms in West Michigan, Friday, October 4th. At the conclusion of the tour, participants will return to the 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 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.

The Conference will include ten break-out sessions which will include the following topics: 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 Conference 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, meet and greet presenters at their display tables throughout the day. Breakfast, snacks, and a full lunch are included.

For more information about the Conference and registration visit or contact the Bailey Museum at 269-637-3251. 

Information or other event details contact: Zadie Jackson at or 269-637-3251

Sincerely, Zadie Jackson, Bailey Museum Director


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