2019 Bailey Conference

For over 80 years, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum & Gardens has existed in the childhood home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr. to educate others about Dr. Bailey, his life, his work, his philosophy, and his legacy. The 2019 Bailey Fall Conference focus is to celebrate Bailey's life, work, philosophy and legacy.


The foundational work created by Bailey in the late 19th and early 20th century has evolved into a vibrant focus of action today. From agriculture to art, horticulture to native plants, and soil-plant science to nature study, Bailey's vocation and avocation resonate in how we interact with the planet. Bailey's vision for the 21st century is the focus of our conference speakers. His influence and scope of reach are the seeds of hope and inspiration that are being planted on October 5. 



Morning Keynote Speaker - David Milarch, Co-Founder Ancient Trees Archives

David Milarch leads Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to continue working towards his vision of replanting the earth with the genetics of the world’s remaining ancient forests.


He is a third generation nurseryman with over 40 years of experience in propagation and reforestation. He has been awarded the following honors; Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, Grant Thornton Leader and Innovator Award, Garden Clubs of America Distinguished Service Award, Traverse the Magazine Person of the Year, National Daughters of the American Revolution National Conservation Medal, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence for Conservation, Biography Magazine’s Hero Award, and the Garden Clubs of America-Zone X Highest Award for Conservation.


John Linstrom and John Stempien - Editors of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardner's Companion: Essential Writings

Conrad Kaufman - Artist

Judy and Jerry Bohl - Clean Water for the World

Charles Mehne and Alex Mehne - Wetlands

Research Cybelle Shattuck - Environmental Sustainability

Phyllis Higman - Biodiversity

Doug Pearsall - Climate Change

Republic Services - Where Your Recycling Goes

Anne Long - Liberty Hyde Bailey

Beth Clawson - Native Plants and Septics

Bill Westrate - Insects and Biology of SW Michigan

Event Date: 10/5/2019
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
South Haven High School
600 Elkenburg Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Contact: 269-637-3251