Rose Work

Change is in the air; there’s not a moment to waste in the garden. Join us on Wednesday, February 1 from 9:30 to noon, our team will be demonstrating pruning techniques in the Rose Garden and answering your questions.

We have already started pruning the roses and salvia; this annual task ensures proper rejuvenation of our flowering favorites.

The buzz is back, honeybees are beginning to be active around the gardens.

Your nose will tell you that the Daphne has opened up, and the fragrance is wonderful. Look for these beautiful hellebores in the same bed across from the Garden School, these plants share an appreciation for partial shade. 

Even after the ample rains earlier this month, we are already thinking ahead to the dry season. Our team is testing our irrigation system—funny how it never comes back on the way you left it when it was turned off! There are moments when it’s more of an irritation system than an irrigation system.

The buds on our deciduous trees and shrubs are swollen and waiting for just the right amount of light and warmth to open up. 

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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