Annual Spring Plant Sale 

and more!

Saturday, May 4, 2024

9 am–1 pm

Seed and Soul Club Plant Swap in the Picnic Grove

Share labeled, disease- and pest-free plants with other plant enthusiasts; you can bring cuttings, plants, pots and accessories to swap! You will get a number of stickers proportional to the items you bring, then use these stickers to bid on other plants. If there’s a plant you covet, up your chances of winning by putting more stickers on it. You walk away with plants you’ve won, and any leftovers are donated to charity. Registration required.

11 am–3 pm

Shop a selection of plants for your garden, including native milkweed to create Monarch butterfly habitat. Many of the plants have been propagated right here at MAGC, and you’ll have the expert advice of Garden Manager Michael Bogart and his team to help you make the right selection for your needs. All proceeds from the sale go right back to support the gardens!

11 am–6 pm

Marin Open Studios in The Studio

Visit 12 local artists who will be showing their work in our spacious gallery, The Studio. This is a once-a-year opportunity to meet the artists and perhaps find that special piece for your own space; choose from paintings, photography, and other media. Participating artists this year are: Stuart Bass, Dana Christensen, Dorallen Davis, Norma Dimaulo, Nick Fain, Kirsten Gamble, Gigi Lambert, John Andrew Murphy, Stacey Smigrod, Joan Stracquadanio, M. Kathryn Thompson, and Rob Badger & Nita Winter.

9 am–3 pm

The Watering Can in the South parking lot

Packaged snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from our beloved mobile kiosk. You know you want a popsicle!

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