Garden Allies, Up Close & Personal

By Ramona Krucker, Gardener Have bugs ever eaten your flowers or chewed on your leafy greens? Then you know how how hard these little creatures can make a gardener’s life. At a recent event at Marin Art and Garden Center, local author and entomologist Frédérique Lavoipierre  shared insight and fun hands-on approaches to learning about […]

A Q&A with Saxon Holt

Join us for an online event with Nora Harlow and Saxon Holt, introducing Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates! Thursday, January 28 at 5 pm Register here Order the book! Fans of outdoor photography are likely already familiar with Saxon Holt: his work has been featured in a wide range of publications, from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture Magazine, to Smithsonian and […]

The Forests of California

Author, artist and activist Obi Kaufmann presents his newest work, “The Forests of California,”  an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. Recorded December 9, 2020. Shop Obi’s books and more!

Holiday Pop-Up Marketplace

Saturday, November 21 10 am to 4 pm | The Shop at Marin Art and Garden Center The season is (almost) upon us! You’ll get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, November 21 when you join us at our Pop-Up Marketplace, featuring the most festive items from The Shop, mood-lifting houseplants, and the famous Marin […]

Holiday Greens Sale

This year you can order your holiday greens in advance and pick them up right when you’re ready to decorate. Get your order in early to be sure your selection is still available. Click through the items below to make your selection online any time. Or join us at the Holiday Pop-Up Marketplace on Saturday, […]

A Virtual Visit to Historic Gardens – Open Day 2020

For four years the Marin Art & Garden Center has partnered with the Garden Conservancy to present the Marin Open Day. This yearly program draws hundreds of garden-lovers from across the Bay Area to visit and explore private gardens in our neighborhoods. In the past three years we have featured extraordinary gardens from Ross, Kentfield, […]

Gingerbread decorating

Last year we inaugurated a new holiday fundraiser for the Marin Art & Garden Center, an event that proved so much fun for families that we decided to do it again this year. What better way to celebrate the season than by decking out a gingerbread cottage with an array of candy and goodies? Even […]

Conservation Night carries on

MAGC’s second annual Conservation Night, on July 19, was another great success! Buoyed by the harmonies of Happnstance, our Summer Concert performers, our guest host Supervisor Katie Rice welcomed local conservation organizations Cool the Earth, One Tam, the Marin United Nations Association, Wisdom Supply Company, Wildcare, the Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin Sanitary Service, and […]

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