Welcome from the Executive Director

The Marin Art and Garden Center is an 11-acre historic property in Ross, California, that is open to the public free of charge from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The Center is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees, and is supported by its community, including individuals, foundations, and businesses who make financial contributions and sponsor events and programs. A small staff oversees daily operations.

Marin Art and Garden Center is a special gathering place that celebrates learning, growth, and the beauty of nature; a place that welcomes us all to be inspired, educated and entertained—or to just be.

Our vision is to create a sense of pride and connection among all the people of Marin—and beyond—in this thriving, inclusive gathering place of inspiration, growth and celebration.

The Center was founded in 1945 by leaders in the local conservation movement who wanted to save the property from development and foster a community engaged with the arts and gardens. Their vision included a variety of arts and garden groups, some of which still participate in the life of our community today.

Our resident groups offer a variety of experiences for visitors, ranging from theater performances to an historical archive and a playground for young children. All these contribute to the richness of the Marin Art and Garden Center’s engagement with the community.

With its gracious gardens, specimen trees, and water features, the Center is a welcoming environment for visitors to enjoy and a destination for learning. Year-round programs are offered in the arts, gardens, and conservation, including exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and family programs. The Studio is our historic gallery building, and the hub of these activities, with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and a sparkling setting for visual arts displays.

Our popular Summer Concert Series is a chance to enjoy beautiful evenings on the Gazebo Lawn with delicious food from local caterers. Special events like our annual Harvest Dinner gather friends to celebrate the season and provide valued support for our programs.

School groups use the Marin Art and Garden Center grounds for programs that immerse children in nature, cultivating an awareness and curiosity that will provide a foundation for lifelong engagement. The Center also hosts The Garden School, a preschool with the gardens and grounds as a classroom.

Marin Art and Garden Center is an ideal setting for special private events, including weddings and celebrations of life. Many local nonprofit groups and public agencies also use our facilities to host regular meetings and presentations.

Nearly 100,000 people visit the Center every year, for all these reasons and more. Your support will help sustain this beautiful historic place for generations to come.

We look forward to seeing you in the gardens.

Antonia Adezio

Executive Director

Staff & Contact

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to county-wide restrictions, the Marin Art and Garden Center office is currently closed and staff are working remotely. We will make every effort to respond to messages in a timely manner.

Antonia Adezio

Executive Director

Anna Castagnozzi Bush

Development Manager

Ken Cottrell

Facilities Manager

Stacey Kamp

Events Manager

Emma Norris

Director of the Garden School

David Santschi

Finance & Administration Manager

Steven Schwager

Garden Manager

CONTACT

Address: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957
(Please note, there is another 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in San Anselmo that is NOT the Marin Art and Garden Center.)

Mailing Address: Box 437, Ross, CA 94957

Phone: (415) 455-5260

Fax: (415) 454-0650

Email:  info@maringarden.org

Thank you for taking care of this
beautiful community treasure. 

Enjoy your visit!

Board of Trustees

Thomas (Tom) Ross Perry

President

Tom joined the Board in 2017 and became President in 2021. A sixth-generation Ross Valley native, Tom is a descendant of Marin pioneer James Ross, as well as George and Annie Worn, the builders of the original estate located on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center. His first job was setting up chairs for the Northgate Ladies luncheons in the early 1960s. He graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo and went on to earn a BA from Stanford University. He has been a resident of Fairfax for over 40 years and was the co-owner of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo from 1976-2015, retiring as president. Tom has served on the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, was Chair of the San Anselmo Historical Commission and President of the Drake Scholarship Foundation. He currently serves on the Marin County Integrated Pest Management Commission. His interests include music and photography, and he has written and lectured on subjects ranging from gardening to local and family history

Edward (Ned) Purdom

Vice President

Ned is a fourth-generation Marin resident with family branches in California going back to the Spanish and Gold Rush eras. After a career as a public relations professional, he taught high school English for 15 years, and was recognized as the Albany Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2006. An active volunteer with Bridge the Gap in Marin City where he is an English and social studies tutor, Ned also works with Marin CASA, advocating for children’s needs in the Marin County Dependency court. He is an avid gardener, hiker, and enjoys writing and photography. He joined the Board in July 2019, and says the Marin Art and Garden Center “is a wonderful community resource for learning about our natural and aesthetic worlds and for celebrating friendships – new and old.”

Pamela Scott

Secretary

Robert (Robin) P. MacNaughton

Treasurer

Robin has been on the Board of Trustees since 2011 and currently holds the post of Treasurer. He graduated from Stanford, is retired from Mechanics Bank, and is an avid tennis player in his spare time. Robin’s favorite thing about Marin Art and Garden Center is what it brings to the community, and its potential to bring so much more.

Robert Beadle

Member

Robert is a native Marinite, having first enjoyed Marin Art and Garden Center when it housed the Marin County Fair prior to its move to the Civic Center. His mother, Easter, was a valued volunteer for the Northgate Group and Laurel House Antiques. Robert has lived and traveled throughout the world, but the deep-water channel in the Larkspur Marina has been his home for many years. He been a real estate broker for just under 40 years with Coldwell Banker, as a charter member of the International President Top 1% in Production Nationwide. Robert has been a Hospice by the Bay Board member for 16 years, and spent five years as President of Friends of Hospice. He is the recipient of the 2013 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award and the Spirit of Marin Award in 2003. He joined the Board in July 2019.

Michael Del Balso

Member

Michael joined the Board in January 2021 after having served on the Finance Committee for a period. He is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Business School. Michael is Portfolio Manager and Director of Research at Jennison Associates in New York where he has worked for over 40 years.
He and his wife Dudley have lived in Marin for 6 years, having purchased a house here to be closer to their 2 sons and 3 young granddaughters.
Michael is a Past President of the Bloomingdale House of Music in New York and is currently on the Board of the 115 Central Park West Corporation. Michael is an avid biker and sailor. Dudley and he love gardening and thus their mutual interest in Marin Art and Garden Center.
The Center is a special place in their lives for the peace and tranquility it brings to the area. It is a refreshing oasis in the midst of a bustling hub of activity and deserves to be kept that way.

Robin Donoghue

Member

Andrew (Andy) Evans

Member

Andy has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014 and is the current Chair of the Development Committee. He received his BA from Parsons School of Business, and works in the fields of real estate and agriculture investments and equities. His children loved Pixie Park when they were young, and now Andy enjoys golf, skiing, hiking and fishing, as well as Marin Art and Garden Center's peaceful beauty.

Jessica Fairchild

Member

Jessica joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. She grew up in Kentfield and attended Ross school, as did her own children. She holds a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA, and now leads her own firm, Fairchild Broms Design. A member of the American Institute of Architects SF, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Pacific Horticulture Society, Jessica has a background in architectural history and experience with adaptive re-use projects, often involving historic buildings. Jessica also holds a credential from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Certification Institute. She enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking, and particularly values Marin Art and Garden Center's quiet sense of place and history.

James (Jim) Kaufmann

Member

Jim Kaufmann joined the Board in April 2018. He held a 37-year career with Marriott, until March 2015, upon which he was President of Full Service Hotels in US and Canada. He currently serves on the Board of the Michigan State School of Hospitality Alumni Association, USF School of Hospitality Advisory Board, Family House, and Snowhite Hospitality. Jim and his wife Ann and live in Ross and have for 21 years. They have a  daughter Kate who lives in NYC and a son Jack who lives in Chicago. His hobbies include biking, tennis, golf , going to the movies, and traveling with Ann. What he love about Marin Art and Garden Center is its charm and beauty; walking the grounds on a bright sunny day is heaven.

Edison (Ed) Lewis

Member

Since 1987 Ed has run the property management division of Keegan & Coppin, the North Bay’s largest commercial real estate brokerage company. Ed has served on a number of non-profit boards. For seven years he was on the Board of the Marin Center for Independent Living, three of which as President. For about twelve years he has served on the Lifehouse Community Housing Partnership Board which manages five properties housing disabled individuals. As a fourth generation resident of Ross/Kentfield, Ed looks forward to continuing his responsibilities on the Marin Art and Garden Center Board as Vice President, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of the Operations Committee. There is so much work yet to be done to make the Center all it can be.

Bob Mayer

Member

Bob joined the Board in 2020. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Washington, Seattle, he has been involved in software development and publishing since the early 1980s. He is currently the President and CEO of IMSI/Design and Encore Software. Since 2012, he has served on the Board of Directors of Open Design Alliance (ODA). For 15 years, Bob has been the volunteer coach and program coordinator for the San Quentin State Prison softball team. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, beekeeping, road and mountain biking, and duplicate bridge.

Diane Doodha

President Emeritus

Financial Information

Marin Art and Garden Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.
Our tax ID number is 94-1085734.
Please call (415) 455-5260 if you have questions regarding any of these financial documents.

Employment opportunities

The Marin Art & Garden Center is a treasured resource which provides a relaxing environment for our guests as well as beautiful surroundings in which to work.  We are an independent non-profit organization that celebrates learning, growth and the beauty of nature; this is a place to be inspired, educated and entertained—or to just be. Our vision is to create a sense of pride and connection among all the people of Marin—and beyond—in this thriving, inclusive gathering place of inspiration, growth and celebration.

Marin Art and Garden Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds regardless of  race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

House Manager, Events

Part time, Non-exempt

The Center’s tranquil 11-acre grounds include several indoor and outdoor venues that host dozens of events every year, including workshops, lectures, fundraisers, weddings, memorials, business meetings, and board retreats.  We are the 2019 Marin Independent Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Wedding Venue, and we have won the Pacific Sun’s Best Place for a Wedding Award too many times to count! Our events staff strives to make all of our guests’ events special.

We are seeking an energetic and effective House Manager to manage the execution and “day-of” oversight for our private and public events. Most of the House Manager’s work will be with wedding clients, so the hours will be mainly weekend afternoons and evenings.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Be on site during events to provide peace of mind to clients
  • Respond to a broad range of questions about the venue and its policies
  • Oversee the physical setup of event space
  • Act as a point of contact for caterers and other vendors
  • Complete event reports at the close of each event and report any issues to the Events Manager
  • Assist with the transport, setup, and dismantling of equipment, including tables, chairs, linen, privacy screens, stanchions, barricades, and audio and video equipment
  • Keep the site beautiful by picking up trash and droppings
  • Perform minor maintenance and repairs during events, such as removing safety hazards, replacing light bulbs, cleaning out drains, and maintaining dishwashers
  • Check for and report the unauthorized use of facilities or other unusual conditions
  • Monitor traffic during events to maintain a safe environment

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Dependable and available to work late nights, weekends, and occasional holidays
  • Strong desire to exceed guest expectations
  • Multi-task, troubleshoot, and keep a cool head and a good sense of humor
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills
  • Be outgoing, friendly, and helpful while working with a diverse clientele
  • Lift and move up to 60 pounds
  • Knowledge of audio and video equipment desirable

 

To apply for this position, please send your resume and salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “House Manager” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Gardener

Part time, Non-exempt

The Center’s tranquil 11-acre grounds include many trees, gardens, and specialty gardens.  In addition to attracting garden enthusiasts, the grounds host thousands of visitors every year to indoor and outdoor events, including art exhibits, workshops, lectures, fundraisers, weddings, memorials, business meetings, and board retreats.

The garden staff are often our first point of contact with the public.  Our gardeners must not only have experience and skills in gardening but also the ability to answer questions with knowledge and friendliness so that every visitor, volunteer, and tenant has a positive experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain garden areas, including trees, shrubs, ground cover, lawns, paths, and patios; weed; water; fertilize; prune; troubleshoot irrigation; and pick up litter
  • Assess and communicate growing conditions and individual plant needs and control plant diseases using green-friendly options
  • Participate in initial planting and seasonal succession planting under the direction of the Garden Manager
  • Keep sheds, tools, and supplies clean and organized
  • Safely operate landscaping equipment and vehicles
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Interest in and some working knowledge of plants and horticulture
  • Interest in becoming proficient in various gardening techniques
  • Work independently and with others
  • Follow directions from the Garden Manager
  • Punctuality, dependability, and efficiency
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including with the general public
  • Lift up to 30 pounds routinely and up to 70 pounds intermittently
  • Work in inclement weather
  • Eligibility to work in California
  • Availability to work Saturdays as needed
  • Current valid California driver’s license

 

To apply for this position, please send your resume and salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Gardener” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Events Manager

Full time, exempt

The Center’s tranquil 11-acre grounds include several indoor and outdoor venues that host dozens of events every year, including weddings, memorials, receptions, workshops, lectures, fundraisers, business meetings, and board retreats.  The site is also popular for photo shoots and commercial filming.  We are the 2019 Marin Independent Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Wedding Venue, and we have won the Pacific Sun’s Best Place for a Wedding Award too many times to count! Our events staff strives to make all of our guests’ events special.

We are seeking an energetic Events Manager to be responsible for the overall management of events that take place throughout the campus, including short-term rental events, fundraising events and educational events.  These events are not only important sources of revenue for the Center but are also opportunities for the community to gather and enjoy our lovely gardens.  The Events Manager is responsible for supervising House Managers and the custodian and works closely with the Facilities Manager and Grounds Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the Center’s events calendar to assure balance and flow of events and programs
  • Assure professional hospitality and the smooth coordination of all event-related planning and day-of event logistics, including activities of events staff, volunteers, clients, vendors, and guests
  • Assure needed equipment and services are in place for all events and appropriate supervision is provided
  • Manage relationships with our preferred caterers and ensure they adhere to green certificate standards
  • Oversee promotional materials and sponsorship
  • Develop and execute contracts for short-term rentals and ensure all aspects of contracts are met
  • Develop and manage the short-term rental annual budget
  • Actively seek new rental clients through marketing and networking activities to expand rentals
  • Represent the Center with potential clients and the community, including tours of the facilities
  • Work closely with other Center managers to assist with fundraising events, educational programs and other events that promote the Center and benefit the community

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3+ years’ experience in facility rental management
  • 3+ years’ experience managing others in a customer service environment
  • High school diploma or G.E.D; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Outstanding leadership skills to manage or work effectively with other employees and outside vendors
  • Excellent client service skills
  • Strong planning and time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to assess problems quickly and formulate and implement solutions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of social media management and marketing
  • Knowledge of event planning and execution
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds

 

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Events Manager” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Development Manager

Full time, Exempt

The Center is seeking an experienced development professional to create and execute an inspiring fundraising program that will help bring the Center’s recently adopted Master Plan to fruition. The Development Manager will build on the organization’s existing development practices to produce a successful fundraising strategy aimed at increasing contributions from a variety of sources and establishing a robust major gifts program.  S/he will partner closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees to support outreach efforts and create a meaningful donor experience through an ever-expanding range of techniques and tactics.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager will have the opportunity to lead the organization’s launch of the upcoming campaign and inform its rollout. S/he will implement fundraising best practices across the organization, oversee day-to-day development operations and serve as a vital member of the Center’s leadership team.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Map connections between board members and donors / prospects to build a strong major gifts program
  • Develop an actionable campaign plan
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee chair to prepare materials for committee meetings and board presentations
  • Create effective, time-efficient opportunities to utilize the Executive Director in a fundraising capacity
  • Develop a robust donor pipeline by conducting on-going research of donors, foundations and corporate sponsors
  • Produce the Center’s donor communications and gather editorial input from the Executive Director (e.g. online newsletters, donor acknowledgements, annual appeal, annual report, invitations, personalized donor solicitations)
  • Manage gift processing and oversee database recording to ensure accurate gift entry and timely acknowledgements
  • Work with Executive Director and Events Manager to design and execute all aspects of special events related to donor cultivation and/or fundraising (e.g. invitations, RSVP tracking, seating plans, day-of event oversight, solicitation of in-kind gifts, corporate sponsor benefit fulfillment, event follow up)
  • Continue to build an online events strategy

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit development
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style
  • Strong organizational, technical and communication skills and attention to detail
  • A high level of professionalism, including discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously

 

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Development Manager” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Lead Teacher

Part-time, non-exempt (25-30 hours per week)

The Center operates the Garden School, which won the Marin Independent Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Preschool in 2019.  The Center is seeking an experienced education professional to be a Lead Teacher for the program.

Reporting to the Garden School Director, the Lead Teacher implements curriculum and leads activities, assuring a safe and secure environment for the children at all times.  The Lead Teacher also acts as a mentor to the other teachers and assists with curriculum planning, parent interactions, and child concerns.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement and plan a nature inspired and emergent curriculum that is culturally diverse and that aligns with the Center’s mission, vision and values.
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s development and progress through daily, informal check-ins and bi-annual conferences
  • Assist children with diaper changing and potty training
  • Mentor teachers on DAP, curriculum planning, parent and child interactions
  • Ensure health and safety protocols are implemented at all times
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times, including outdoors
  • Create a space where diversity, inclusion and equity are talked about and acted on daily
  • Observe children and make notes of progress/concerns
  • Implement positive guidance when problem solving with children
  • Assist Director with annual teacher evaluations

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2+ years’ experience required
  • 1 year of supervisory experience preferred
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or similar field preferred
  • At least 12 ECE and admin units required
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certificate
  • Criminal record clearance
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development for children 2-5 years old
  • Knowledge and understanding of DAP and emergent curriculum
  • Teaching Pyramid training or knowledge strongly preferred

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and your salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Lead Teacher” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Primary Teacher

Part-time, non-exempt (25-30 hours per week)

The Center operates the Garden School, which won the Marin Independent Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Preschool in 2019.  The Center is seeking an experienced education professional to be a Primary Teacher for the program.

Reporting to the Garden School Director, the Primary Teacher provides daily care and planned curriculum activities for the children in their primary group. While the Primary Teacher is responsible for their own primary group, each teacher is also expected to interact and form relationships with all children enrolled at the school. The Primary Teachers also work to take full advantage of the Center’s beautiful 11-acre natural site in the school’s play-based and nature-inspired curriculum.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement and plan nature inspired and emergent curriculum that is culturally diverse and that aligns with the Center’s mission, vision and values.
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s development and progress through daily, informal check ins and bi-annual conferences
  • Assist children with diaper changing and potty training
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times, including outdoors
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children to feel comfortable
  • Introduce materials and experiences that represent the rich diversity of the world in a culturally appropriate way
  • Create a space where diversity, inclusion and equity are talked about and acted on daily
  • Track children’s progress daily through applications or other tools

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2+ years of experience working with young children in a school setting preferred
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or similar field preferred
  • At least 12 ECE units required
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid certificate preferred
  • Criminal record clearance
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development for children 2-5 years old
  • Knowledge and understanding of DAP and emergent curriculum
  • Teaching Pyramid training or knowledge strongly preferred

 

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and your salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Primary Teacher” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.

Teacher’s Aide

Part-time, non-exempt (25-30 hours per week)

The Center operates the Garden School, which won the Marin Independent Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Preschool in 2019.  The Center is seeking an experienced education professional to be a Teacher’s Aide for the program.

Reporting to the Garden School Director, the Teacher’s Aide assists the Lead Teacher and the Primary Teachers.  The aide helps plan and implement daily curriculum and assists teachers with other daily tasks.  The aide also acts as a substitute when needed.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Primary Teachers implement and plan a nature inspired and emergent curriculum that is culturally diverse and that aligns with the Center’s mission, vision and values.
  • Assist children with diaper changing and potty training
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times, including outdoors
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children to feel comfortable
  • Work with Primary Teachers to introduce materials and experiences that represent the rich diversity of the world in a culturally appropriate way
  • Create a space where diversity, inclusion and equity are talked about and acted on daily
  • Track children’s progress daily through applications or other tools

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience working with young children in a school setting preferred
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent required
  • At least 6 ECE units preferred
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid certificate preferred
  • Criminal record clearance
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development for children 2-5 years old
  • Knowledge and understanding of DAP and emergent curriculum
  • Teaching Pyramid training or knowledge strongly preferred

     
    To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and your salary requirements to info@maringarden.org with “Teacher’s Aide” in the subject line.  Please no phone calls or walk-ins.