Get to know: Tree Dahlias

Photo by UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay By Ramona Krucker, Gardener at Marin Art and Garden Center To celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to turn a spotlight on the tree dahlia, which like the ancestors of common garden dahlias originated in the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala. In fact, the dahlia was declared […]

Scented Leaf Pelargoniums: All you need to know and more

By Robin Parer Owner, Geraniaceae Wander out into the gardens at Marin Art and Garden Center and look for the scented leaf pelargoniums growing there. At garden shows many people, on first encountering and smelling the leaves of these enigmatic plants, express surprise. A common question is “what did you spray on them?” When told […]

Planting in a drought

We expect dry summers here in the Bay Area, but when there’s hardly any rain in the winter, it’s tough on plants. Luckily, there are plenty of hardy plant options that can thrive in low water years, and are worth your consideration even when we’re not faced with water restrictions. Steven Schwager names names in […]

An impossible hybrid in the gardens

As you wander up the path from the main entrance to Marin Art and Garden Center, you might wonder at an unusual new sight off to your left, nestled in among the trunks of the crape myrtle trees. A grove of not-quite-plants has sprouted up, the creation of Berkeley-based artist Marcia Donahue. A fanciful suggestion […]

Water conservation video guide Here’s a visual guide to some of the important measures we’ve been taking around the grounds to save water this year. Join Garden Manager Steven Schwager on a tour of the gardens as we prepare for dry months ahead.

Planning and planting for a dry future

It’s all about tradeoffs: beautiful lilies, dry lawn. The Bay Area is prized for its mild winters and cloudless summers—the ideal Mediterranean climate, and as we’ve written about before, there is a wide selection of wonderful choices for our gardens that are well suited to going with less water for months at a time. Many […]

Just a trickle: watering in a drought

A very dry Kittle Creek. With the alarming sight of dry reservoirs and parched hillsides this early in the year, it’s no surprise that the Marin Municipal Water District has issued water use restrictions to help conserve the supply we have left. Reducing water use doesn’t have to mean letting your plants go thirsty, though—here […]

Reflections on the Fountain Pond

The Fountain Pond at Marin Art and Garden Center has seen many celebrations through the years. It’s a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, a festive gathering spot at receptions, as well as a peaceful place to sit and just be, on any day. The location of the pond is the site of the main house […]

Spring improvements for 2021 Jessica Fairchild, a member of our Board of Trustees and a local architect, introduces some of the projects that have been in the works this spring at Marin Art and Garden Center. From new planting to the renewal of historic structures, it has already been a busy season here as we welcome back visitors […]

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