Spring Reopening

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!

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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 tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center