Weather Report

The New Year has had a wet and stormy welcome in our corner of Marin; water is such an important part of the story of these gardens, our team keeps a close eye on the forecast and on the water levels all around us in all seasons.

The report from Garden Manager Michael Bogart is a good one, not quite a week into 2023. The high winds that came tearing through earlier this week did not cause any major damage to our tree canopy, and while Kittle Creek, which runs through the grounds, came close to overflowing its banks twice, it never quite spilled over. 

The Garden Team does their best to catch and remove any debris from the creek, so our downstream neighbors are minimally affected, and obstructions don’t cause flooding.

We regularly measure water levels both in the creek and in our well, located near the Habitat Pond at one of the lowest points of the grounds. Our well water supply is looking good—we rely heavily on it during the dry summers, even as we have been shifting our planting strategy to use fewer thirsty varieties, and focus on hardy plants that are adapted to seasonal drought.

Wet weather does have its drawbacks. We tend to washed-out paths quickly to keep them safe and accessible for visitors, and our facilities team is always on the lookout for leaks and seepage in our historic buildings. 

We invite you to take a stroll when it’s wet; birds and other wildlife are as active as ever and easier to spot when the leaves are off many of the trees. With the right gear, you can enjoy the gardens in the rain, and appreciate the special beauty of this season.

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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