Bring out the best in your roses

MAGC Garden Manager Steven Schwager explains what you can do now to get the best blooms later.

The Rose Garden is one of the highlights of any visit to Marin Art & Garden Center from spring well into the fall months. There are over 150 varieties of all types of roses, climbers, shrub, hybrid teas and floribundas, with labels to help you identify them behind one of the few fences at MAGC to keep out the hungry deer. The garden was designed and planted by the Marin Rose Society in 2004, and our garden team and volunteers keep the plants in thriving condition.

The care schedule we follow is adapted from a Bay Area rose expert, tailored to meet the specific needs of our environment here. After deep pruning in the winter months, we use several types of amendments to enrich the soil and feed the plants. We rely on organic pest control, even including a ladybug release from the Ross School’s kindergarteners one spring to help combat aphids. We’ll be covering various aspects of rose care in our series here, and you can download our garden team’s maintenance plan to follow along at home. Do you have topics you’d like to see us cover, or questions we could answer? Write to and we’ll do our best to help your garden knowledge grow.

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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