Placemaking at the Bailey Museum in South Haven, MI
In April 2016, the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® received a $1,300 Placemaking Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to help make the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven a better place.
The grant will be used to complete a signage project highlighting the living collections of plants that are the legacy of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, the father of American horticulture. The signs will be designed by the volunteer museum staff and will allow visitors to wander the gardens and interpret the plant collections on a self-guided tour.
“Without the presence of a gardener in residence, many of our guests have questions about the garden that go unanswered,” explained Anne Long, Board of Directors Chair. “With signs that give the Latin and English names and descriptions, guests will be able to wander the gardens anytime and learn the historical value and accomplishments of Dr. Bailey.”
Meryl Greene (Coldwell Banker Weber Seiler) was the REALTOR® sponsor for the Bailey Museum grant. Greene explained the reason for her endorsement stating, “The Bailey Museum is a destination point of landscape and gardens that reflect South Haven’s native son and his philosophies that reflect practical horticulture. I take great pride in watching the museum grow and expand into a hub for our community.”