Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven

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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

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees Joan Hiddema.

"Little children love the dandelions: why may not we?" -LHB
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  • You absolutely must experience this museum firsthand as no description could ever do it the justice is so richly deserves. The house itself is beautiful and the staff really knows the rich history...  more »
  • Talk about a hidden gem! If you like plants of any kind, this is a must see. We showed up on a day they are normally closed, but some of the staff were working that day so they let us inside the...  more »
  • A very nice, small local museum and gardens. The young lady that gave us our tour did an excellent job and was a wealth of information.
  • What a wonderful experience visiting this museum. The staff was very knowledgeable and we had a wonderful visit. I never knew this place existed until recently but it's worth the trip to South Haven to see it. Maxine was very knowledgeable and passionate about what was in the museum and made the visit even better. It's small on the inside but has a beautiful outdoor exhibit in the spring summer and fall.

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