Glorious Gardens of the Ross Valley

Everyone’s favorite tour of private gardens returns!

Visit some of the neighborhood’s most beautiful gardens on a self-guided tour, then opt to join us at Marin Art and Garden Center where author Kier Holmes will speak while you enjoy a casual lunch on the patio. There will be a chance to tour the Center as well, and of course don’t miss a stop at The Shop.

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Five gardens will be featured this year:

• A contemporary garden showcasing sculpture and rare palms

• An established hillside garden adapted to recurring water restrictions, ever-present gophers and moles, and evolving sun/shade microclimates as large oaks, redwoods, and pine trees come and go. A combination of natives, low-water plants, and more high water plants (roses, camellias, and Japanese maples for example), create a garden that is at its best in Spring.

• A garden designed as rooms anchored by six ornamental pear trees which give golden color in the Fall and white blossoms in the Spring. The roses, clematis, geranium, rhododendron, boxwood, apple, persimmon and lemon trees invite outdoor living nine months of the year.

• A three-acre garden on a “hogback”, where vintage native oaks frame views of Mount Tamalpais. Two coast live oaks are particularly grand, with winding paths leading to ponds, a waterfall, a golf pitch, climbing roses (including the famous ‘Kiftsgate’), a succulent garden, a bee hive, and a microfarm.

• An English style garden with soft and billowy plantings: limelight hydrangeas, snowball viburnum, quince, little olives, teucrium, and fragrant Daphne. An arch of White-blooming Crape myrtle trees underplanted with blue convolvulus frames the entry, while raised beds with willow panels are planted with herbs and vegetables.

This event is co-sponsored by the Marin Garden Club.




Jun 05 2022


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260

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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.


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