SWMAR REALTORS Association Awarded Placemaking Grant to Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven
The Bailey Museum, located at 903 Bailey Avenue, South Haven received a $1,300 Placemaking micro-grant from the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS provided to them from the National Association of REALTORS to help make South Haven a better place to live and work by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places. The grant is intended to help Realtor Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their communities.
The Bailey Museum will use the grant to complete a signage project that will highlight 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.
Anne Long, Board of Directors Chair, explained, “Without the presences of a gardener in residence, many of our guests do not have questions about the garden answered. 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. The gardens are open year-round and are accessible to foot traffic and wheelchair access. Admission is free to visit the gardens.”
The Bailey Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about Liberty Hyde Bailey through the preservation of his birth-site home, interpreting his philosophies of land ethics and the appreciation of the natural world in our everyday life. The project is expected to start at the end of April and be completed in June.