Bird life in song

In addition to the owl family featured in the last newsletter, MAGC hosts a remarkable array of birds throughout the year, some calling Marin home, others just passing through. The raucous scrub jays and crows keep up a racket all four seasons, and from time to time the crested Steller’s jays join us here as…

Japanese Pruning Demonstration

By Katherine Randolph, Marin Master Gardeners Pruning Guild On March 25th, a large group of Japanese garden aficionados gathered at MAGC to observe a demonstration of traditional Japanese pruning.   With its foundation in Japanese garden design, bonsai and arboriculture, Japanese pruning incorporates visual art and design principles to work with plant material within its specific…

Bridge Work

With over 100,000 visitors annually, MAGC sees a lot of foot traffic along its pathways, and all the sun and rain take their toll as well. We recently replaced the bridge over Kittle Creek, which connected the back of the Rose Garden with the Laurel House courtyard. Our Facilities Manager Ken Cottrell led the work…

An upgrade for the entry courtyard

About a month ago, our garden team started preparing the planted beds near the main office, one of the first things visitors see when they walk into the MAGC grounds. Children may miss the expanse of smooth river stones, fondly known as the gift shop because they were so enticing to small hands, but the…

And a Board Member retires

One of the Marin Art & Garden Center’s longest-serving members of the Board of Trustees recently announced her retirement. Nanette Londeree (second from right) has helped lead MAGC into a new era of stability and relevance, and as the Board Secretary, has been instrumental in keeping the organization running smoothly. Her fellow Board member, Ed…

Spring Greens

These early spring days are ideal for growing leafy green crops, which thrive in our Edible Garden. We’ve had to do more watering this year since rainfall has been below average, but the tender lettuces, hardier kales, and leafier herbs are all flourishing this time of year. We have harvested broccoli, lettuce greens, arugula, and…

New Lighting in the South Lot

In autumn 2016, we were delighted to re-open the historic building at the south end of the property as The Studio, a gallery and event space. You may have enjoyed one of the exhibitions that has been up since then, joined us for a lecture or workshop, or even sampled treats from the Pixie Park…

Pear Tree Grafting

In the latest news from the Mission pear tree, scions were taken from our historic specimen by Tom Untermann, owner of the West End Nursery, and grafted onto saplings that will, with luck, allow our tree’s heritage to flourish through several new trees, including one at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. We’re very grateful to…

Smoke Free Campus

One of the pleasures of spring at MAGC is walking near the Rose Garden and inhaling the fragrance of the blooms as you pass. The gardens here really do offer a treat for every sense, including smell, and so we are aligning our policy with the general trend towards smoke-free environments. Smoking is prohibited by…

Owls are at Home

When you think of lovebirds, owls may not come to mind; spend a little time watching the MAGC owl cam, though, and you’ll get a whole new view of romance. In partnership with the Hungry Owl Project, now a division of WildCare, we host an owl box on the grounds that has a live video…