A Tribute to an Apple Tree

We had an unhappy surprise on a recent Tuesday morning: the magnificent apple tree near the Livermore Pavilion had abruptly split its trunk and tipped over during the night, revealing a hollow core that had been rotting for some time. Garden Manager Michael Bogart quickly consulted with tree experts, but the conclusion wasn’t good: the […]

Another season of Exploring Habitats

Second-grade classes in Marin County schools have a wonderful hands-on education opportunity here at Marin Art and Garden Center. A group of dedicated volunteers with the Marin Master Gardeners has developed a field trip program that dovetails with the science curriculum covered in second grade, and makes the most of the area of the grounds […]

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 […]

The Butterfly Effect

By Ramona Krucker, Gardener The Butterfly Cottage, nestled under the English Oak near The Studio, has recently been claimed by a future butterfly for pupation and hibernation purposes. We first noticed the pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor) chrysalis attached by the back door about six or seven weeks ago. Previously, there had been sightings of fully […]

Keeping it Natural in the Garden

By Michael Bogart Garden Manager Organic and pesticide free.  Those words are nice to hear, and even nicer to practice.    As you visit our gardens, you can be assured that there are no chemicals and everything we grow is organic.  When we practice this method of gardening it ensures the health of everyone, from […]

The Garden as a Community

The garden is a great place to learn.  Of course you learn horticultural practices and plant names, but there are life lessons to be found amongst the oaks and salvia!  For example,  The Marin Master Gardeners’ “Exploring Habitats” program works with schools to teach insect and animal  habitats and more. Taking inspiration from them, we […]

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 […]

Geraniaceae’s Robin Parer

We’re lucky to have one of the foremost experts on the Geraniaceae family—that’s geraniums and pelargoniums for the uninitiated—as a friend and neighbor here at the Center. Robin Parer runs a local nursery specializing in these varied and delightful flowering plants, and not long ago shared an article on scented geraniums with us. She herself […]

The Women in my Garden

March is Women’s History Month, and a fitting time to acknowledge the fundamental role that women have played in the establishment of Marin Art and Garden Center. In 1945, Caroline Livermore and a group of conservation-minded women came together to preserve this space at the heart of Marin, to ensure that it remained a community […]

Introducing Michael Bogart

If you’ve visited the gardens since the summer, you’ve seen the work of Garden Manager Michael Bogart, who joined the staff here in August 2021. We’re delighted to have him on board! Michael is from the farmlands of southeastern Michigan. He grew up working in the fields and farmers’ markets, mowing lawns in the summer […]

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