A Lot of Water

With one storm after another bringing rain, wind, hail and high water to the Center, the garden team has had plenty of what we call “two-raincoat days.” It’s all OK, though, and the daffodils don’t mind—they have already opened up this past week. For many other developments, we just have to wait a bit.

The Daphne buds are also set and once we get a few dry days and sunshine you’ll enjoy their wonderful fragrance; find them across from the Garden School along the path from the Events Office.

We have bats! They have chosen not to take up residence in the custom bat house, but a group of five or so are roosting on site. They are in a state of torpor at this time of year, and will spend most of their time dozing until the days lengthen. We think they are Little Brown Bats and welcome residents here, keeping bugs in check.

The time to prune the roses is coming, we’re waiting for a dry spell to cut them back as we do each winter. The payoff in spring blooms will be worth the shock of seeing the plants reduced to a few bare stems for a month or two.

Our Redtail hawks have returned, keep an ear open for their distinctive shrieks. They’re quite at home here and you may see them perched on a low branch, scanning for voles and other small prey. 

This wet weather creates good conditions for the wonderful variety of lichens and mosses that flourish around the grounds, on trees and walls and other surfaces. 

You can also spot fungi in full display: boletes, collybia, coral, and amantias are just some of the varieties that sprout up here at this time of year.

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center