Celebrating 77 Years

Photographs by Stephanie Pool Chief Park Officer, Presidio Trust Michael Boland; Horticultural Advisory Committee Chair, Richard Turner; with Antonia Adezio Valerie Nagel; Jessica Fairchild; Cheryl Lentini; and Diane Doodha Ross Town Council member Bill Kircher, Executive Director Antonia Adezio, Board President Tom Perry, Board President Emeritus Diane Doodha, Supervisor Katie Rice, Ross Town Council member […]

Marin Art and Garden Center Listed on the National Register

We are delighted to announce that the Marin Art and Garden Center has just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s cultural resources worthy of recognition and preservation. The decision is based on the Center’s cultural significance since its founding 75+ years ago.  The Center has also […]

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 […]

Cool Outside – California’s Mid-Century Landscape

Dinah’s Motor Hotel, Palo Alto, courtesy of JC Miller Marin Art and Garden Center celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding in 2020, and in 2021 we are putting the spotlight on the mid-century design heritage of the Center.  The founders of the Center commissioned distinguished architects and landscape architects including Thomas Church, Gardner Dailey, […]

A Memorable Moment

Join our Board President, Diane Doodha, as we pay tribute to the spirit of the era and of the people who eastablished this Center as a place where the whole community could enjoy the arts and outdoors.

Three Quarters of a Century

On August 3, Marin Art and Garden Center celebrates a major anniversary—75 years since it was established! These 11 acres have seen many changes since a group of women took the initiative to preserve them after the Second World War.

Pixie Park Goes Back to its Roots

This beloved children’s playground is getting a new look with retro appeal, hearkening back to its founding. On nearly any day of the year, you can count on hearing children’s laughter and the squeak of swings coming from somewhere up on the hillside above  Marin Art & Garden Center. If you follow the sounds up […]

Who Was Bella Worn?

Can you imagine growing up where the Marin Art & Garden Center is now? Isabella Worn did just that, and went on to become a floral and garden designer who worked on some of California’s most memorable projects of the early 20th century. She oversaw the planting of the gardens at Filoli in Woodside and […]

Marin Art and Garden Center is in Eden

As part of a larger project tracing the history of Marin Art and Garden Center, historian Carol Roland Nawi, Ph.D. published an article about the Center in Eden, the quarterly journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society.  [T]he Marin Art and Garden Center has remained a vital part of the Marin landscape and […]

Pear Tree Grafting

In the latest news from the Mission pear tree, scions were taken from our historic specimen by Tom Untermann, owner of the West End Nursery, and grafted onto saplings that will, with luck, allow our tree’s heritage to flourish through several new trees, including one at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. We’re very grateful to […]

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