Introducing Michael Bogart

If you’ve visited the gardens since the summer, you’ve seen the work of Garden Manager Michael Bogart, who joined the staff here in August 2021. We’re delighted to have him on board!

Michael is from the farmlands of southeastern Michigan. He grew up working in the fields and farmers’ markets, mowing lawns in the summer and shoveling and plowing snow in the winter. From this he gained an interest in horticulture and nature, along with the value of an honest day’s work.

Upon graduating high school, Michael enlisted in the US Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne. After being honorably discharged, he settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where he owned a thriving landscape design build and maintenance business while attending GSU. 

The winds of change brought his future wife to him, and they moved to Cole Valley in San Francisco in 1994. Michael successfully recreated his gardening business in the Bay Area for 13 years. In 2007, he began working in landscape stewardship at the Presidio National Park. As crew lead and then supervisor, he managed the grounds crews that keep the park safe and beautiful. 

Michael is a gardener at heart and in practice, and we’ve all noticed how he brings the lifelong lessons of kindness, inclusion and community to the Garden Manager position. He firmly believes that there is something in the garden for all ages, especially young people, and he is always generous with his time, helping visitors to make their own discoveries around the grounds.

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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