Beautiful Bedfellows

It was all hands on deck earlier this month as staff and volunteers worked together to add new plants to our showpiece garden beds.

Just below the Fountain Pond, our Sun Garden features many perennials that are especially attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This area really hits its high notes in August and September, and with the addition of several new plants it’s livelier than ever, zooming and buzzing with insects at work. We added summer color with dahlias and zinnias, as well as two varieties of Agastache, “Poquito” and “Rosie Posie.” A new compact Buddleia, “Pugster Blue,” is already living up to its common name of butterfly bush. We filled in with English lavender and lantana to keep the bed humming.

A favorite with couples getting married on the main lawn, the Gazebo Bed has been planted to ensure a cheerful mix of color and shape throughout the wedding season and beyond. We brought in some fresh whites with new Echinacea, “Pow Wow White,” alongside spikes of Penstemon heterophyllus “GMR White” and clouds of Achillea “Peter Cottontail. ”

The Triangle Bed welcomes visitors at the main entrance with a show of blues and purples. We punched things up with some new brilliant pink salvias, chiapensis and “Love and Wishes.”

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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 to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center