This time of year is always one of the most exciting at Marin Art and Garden Center: every day it seems, something new is in bloom and the sounds of birds and insects fill the air. Even in such an extraordinary year as this one, we can count on spring to bring welcome change.
As restrictions are loosening in our county, we are adjusting some of our visitor policies to improve your experience when you come to the Center.
The first change that you will notice is that starting the week of April 5, we will shift the main entrance to the grounds back to its historic point at the southern end of the main parking lot.
As you cross the bridge over Kittle Creek, you will have the same perspective that generations of visitors have enjoyed, stretching back to when these acres were a still a family estate. The entry point at the arbor will be closed with new planters to create an enclosed courtyard near the main office. What’s more, we have reopened the
Historic photograph looking towards the main entry, likely taken in 1948. The original magnolia tree is visible on the right.
public restrooms there for daily use, with regular cleaning to ensure guests from near and far can use them safely.
We hope you will take note of the new signage posted at the entry. In addition to our welcome message in English and Spanish, you can expect to see information about programs and activities at the Center, such as our current exhibition, Abstract Nature. The Studio will be open for regular hours this weekend, including Easter Sunday.
If you’re making your first visit, or just need a refresher on the layout of the grounds, help yourself to a Visitor’s Map, newly redesigned and filled with useful information. You can also make a donation while you’re here; we are a non-profit organization that depends upon the support of our community to maintain these beautiful gardens. A generous gift from Phoebe Cowles has made many of these recent site upgrades possible.
We’re proud that we’ve been able to keep the grounds open throughout this past year, and we look forward to the return of many beloved events and activities as conditions continue to improve; we have further upgrades around the grounds planned as well. You can check our website any time for the latest news and developments. As always, we appreciate your cooperation with current State and local health guidelines that help keep us all safe and healthy.
We hope to see you soon!