Water conservation video guide

https://youtu.be/bSI14hv6RNg 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.

Michael Boland and “parks for all”

Michael Boland, Chief of Park Development and Visitor Engagement for the Presidio Trust, reminds us that our support is needed to keep the Bay Area’s green places like Marin Art and Garden Center vibrant, welcoming spaces for everyone in our community. Keep the gardens growing

Spring improvements for 2021

https://youtu.be/91L5toqBwtk 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 […]

Pruning Your Hydrangeas

It’s February. Your hydrangeas are finally dormant, after blooming all summer and into the fall. Now’s your chance! Garden Manager Steven Schwager demonstrates how to prune these beloved shrubs to ensure you’ll see another season of glorious growth and blossoms. 

Rose Pruning Guide

You can do it! Rose pruning can seem intimidating, but our Garden Manager Steven Schwager will walk you through the steps to getting a robust plant with loads of gorgeous blooms. A hard pruning looks dramatic at first, but the rewards in spring are well worth it.  Get our Rose Care Calendar here to see […]

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!

Gardening is a Workout

Development Manager and fitness trainer Molly Anixt demonstrates how you can stay limber for gardening enjoyment. https://youtu.be/W2JqczGTw2I During this Shelter in Place we have see a rise in the number of people out tending to their gardens. Those who previously did not have hours to spending pruning and watering are now finding it an enjoyable […]

Don’t Be Tempted by Invasive Plants

Some plants look appealing, but beware—they are more trouble than they’re worth, explains Garden Manager Steven Schwager. Berkeley Sedge, Italian Arum, Four O’Clocks, Three-cornered Leeks and Forget-Me-Nots. All are attractive plants that might seem like a good addition to your greenery, but don’t be led astray when you’re shopping for your garden. These are plants […]

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 […]

Virtual Tour of Rooted in Wonder

Join MAGC Events Manager Stacey Kamp as she walks you through this wonderful exhibition in The Studio. https://youtu.be/GPjXlXG_VHk Painter Frances McCormack and interdisciplinary artist Miya Hannan will surprise you with their enigmatic explorations of the earth and human fate. McCormack’s paintings remain rooted in the natural world but she expands her practice to include collage, […]

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