Haiku in the Gardens – Winter

This event is fully enrolled, please join us in the spring.

Rain or shine! We will meet on the deck of the Livermore Pavilion
to keep our paper dry.

Is there a winter wonderland yet at Marin Art & Garden Center?  Are you curious about beauty in things left understated by season’s peak?  Come find out as we take a deep dive into nature by writing haiku!  Nature is that place Einstein revered for its capacity to “find the answer to everything”.  Might we ask how the great outdoors will inform our distillations?

Traditionally, haiku has rules of form. But since becoming an international art, now allows straying from tradition to write liberated haiku – beyond syllable counting… It still takes place in the physical world where we will actually see, hear and smell—using all of our senses to reference this natural setting.

So, we shall brave the elements (save the cozy ambiance of an outdoor fireplace) and excite our vocabulary by writing together.  After all the great Basho said, “to know the pine, go to the pine.”

This simple process can turn any ordinary day into its rightful miracle by using “a writer’s eye” perspective. Haiku writing offers many benefits such as relief from mental chatter, heightened focus and rich appreciation for the present moment.

In the spirit of a soiree, your host, Jayne McPherson, will creatively inspire you to slow down, and fully engage your senses while taking notes. This event has a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 22 and welcomes children under 14 when accompanied by an adult. Please bundle up in warm things, bring pen and paper or your preferred writing supplies.


Feb 13 2023


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Questions? email info@maringarden.org or call 415-455-5260


Livermore Pavilion
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957

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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