Gardening is a Workout

Development Manager and fitness trainer Molly Anixt demonstrates how you can stay limber for gardening enjoyment.

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 way to get outdoors and stay active. However, with the increase in time spent gardening can come an increase in the aches and pains associated with bending, pulling, squatting and all the other movements required for good gardening work!

For any exercise we do, simple, common-sense practices can help reduce aches and limit strain:

When gardening, it is important to warm up! Doing some dynamic stretches before you get down to pruning business will warm up your cold muscles and prepare them for work. Unlike static stretches where you hold the pose for a longer period, dynamic stretches are controlled movements that improve mobility and range of motion.

While you are working, remember to lift with your legs! This can help save you from painful and, frankly, annoying lower back pain. Before you lift, bend your knees to get down low. Then keep your back straight while engaging your core by drawing your belly button in toward your spine. Push up through your legs, trying to minimize any twisting or bending. It may take some time to make this form part of your daily practice, but your back will thank you for it!

Finally, don’t forget to stretch after you are done! With your muscles warm from your day out in the garden, it is the perfect time to do some deep stretching. Take a moment to stretch your hamstrings, calves, quadriceps and hips. By stretching after you garden, you are relaxing your muscles and keeping them from tightening up later, which can lead to some of the annoying pain we can feel after a day of work. When doing these static stretches, hold for approximately 20-30 seconds.

And, as always, if any exercise or stretch causes pain—stop!

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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.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center