Stop and Chat with a Gardener

We have been busy with winter work this week, cutting back, pruning, thinning and transplanting. February is the ideal month to wrap up the to-do list and prepare for spring.

Intern Pete from Archie Williams High School wowed us by double-digging the entire Edible Garden by himself—and then he went to baseball practice! We are continuously amazed by our high school helpers. 

Double-digging is a time-honored practice that helps rejuvenate the soil for a new growing season. By digging down two shovel-lengths into the bed, air, light, and water can penetrate the soil and the  

mycorrhizae (fungi that have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of many plants) break up; we leave the turned soil for a week or more, then we’ll add compost and worm castings. In raised beds like the ones we have in the Edible garden, this process keeps the soil from getting compacted and readies it for new planting.

I almost stepped on these tiny mushrooms on a misty day. They are Black Rubber Cups, found only in the Pacific Northwest.

The rose pruning instructional on Wednesday morning was most excellent, if chilly. We covered the basics and removed the mystery of how to prune roses. So many good questions from our audience, we look forward to doing more demonstrations in the future.

Stopping to talk to our visitors is always a pleasure for me. My love of plants, people and place all come together at the Center, lucky me.

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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