The Women in my Garden

March is Women’s History Month, and a fitting time to acknowledge the fundamental role that women have played in the establishment of Marin Art and Garden Center. In 1945, Caroline Livermore and a group of conservation-minded women came together to preserve this space at the heart of Marin, to ensure that it remained a community space to celebrate the arts and nature. We remain committed to this same mission more than 75 years later, and throughout our history, women have been central to our work. 

Below, Garden Manager Michael Bogart reflects on the role of women in his own history in the gardens.

I was transplanted, not unlike a tree that gets moved from one spot to another.  In 1994, I moved from Atlanta, Georgia to San Francisco with the woman who would turn out to be my future wife.  I left behind a thriving landscape design, building and maintenance business.

Upon arrival in the Bay Area, I knew I had a lot to learn if I was going to recreate that business.  I knew I had to throw down roots immediately to get established and give proper care, just as a transplanted tree would need, to ensure my success.

The proper care for me turned out to be the inclusion that an awesome group of women gave me.  I lucked into working with a crew of women building gardens in Berkeley.  They took me under their wings and taught me so much.  When I was ready to venture out on my own, they connected me with landscape architects, other builders, gardeners and nursery owners…all women. From there I began to build clientele and expand my interests and work. 

Throughout my career I have always worked with women.  I hope I always will.  I am where I am today because of the women gardeners in my life.  If I  were to be that transplanted tree,  I can say they gave me proper care from early on, kept an eye on me to ensure my success, showered me with knowledge  and opportunity and only pruned me when necessary.

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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.


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