Monday, July 19, 2010

BROWN BAG BIOLOGY: What Would Bailey Plant?

Wed., July 21th, 12:30-1:30 PM
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

903 S. Bailey * South Haven, MI * (269)637-3251
Come to sit under the museum's historic Walnut Tree with your lunch for the free program that started it all! Topic: "What Would Bailey Plant?"

In 1862, a young Liberty Hyde Bailey witnessed his mother's passing from diphtheria in the very room he was born in only five years previously. Sara Bailey, left behind at the Bailey homestead, a collection of cottage of pinks, Dianthus, that she gardened. The young, grief stricken Bailey, continually kept-up the garden, marking a rite of initiation into the world of Horticulture and Botany. He writes in his book, The Garden Pinks, "From earliest boyhood the pinks have been my companions. Mounds and rings of Grass pinks were in the front yard, left there by my this late day the memory of them lingers." This is his list of his mother's extensive pinks: Dianthus Deltoides, D. graniticus, D. Alpestris, D. Arenarius, D. Petraeus, D. Caesius, D. Plumarius, D. Caryophyllus, D. Gallicus, D. Atrorubens, D. Croaticus, D. Cruentus, D. Barbatus, D. Laciniatus, D. Heddewigii.
Find out more at this program at the Bailey Museum!


  1. I wish that I lived close enough to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum to take advantage of programs such as the one mentioned above. - South Georgia is a bit to far away.

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  3. And we wish we could have Richard and any one else interested to live nearby to take advantage of our programs. For those who have geography in the way of our programming, I'll be posting our bulletins created especially for the featured program to download (see above). It won't give you the full experience but will give you some insights.


    John Stempien, Director