A Closer Look

Every season at MAGC brings changes to the gardens. Here is a selection of plants in bloom this month, which you might like to use as an eye-spy game, as you find these blossoms as you stroll around the grounds. Are you a photographer? When you catch MAGC on camera, tag us on Instagram, or…

Laurel House Antiques & Consignment

Any vintage treasure-hunter in the know will have heard of Laurel House Antiques and Consignment, the shop on the grounds here at MAGC that offers a dazzling array of heritage jewelry, crystal, silver, china, tableware and linens, furniture, and artwork. The shop is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who are members of the Laurel House Group.…

Squirrel Talk

Of all the wildlife that calls MAGC home, perhaps none is so charming as our community of squirrels. Our acrobatic residents include both the native Western Gray squirrel and Eastern Grays as well; Eastern Grays can actually range in color from sandy brown to black. While we have yet to take a census of our…

A New Basket

Local artist Charlie Kennard has added a new feature to the Basketry Garden on the hill behind the Barn theater. Woven of willow branches, the new addition’s remarkable variegated colors will gradually fade as the wood dries and ages. This time of year, when grasses and leaves don’t conceal the woven works, is an ideal…

Winter Wonders

You could be forgiven for thinking that winter is a time when you won’t see anything new at MAGC; it’s true most of the plants here are waiting for spring to look their best. But the cool damp weather that winter brings to our part of the world is just right for mosses, ferns, and…

Recycling Update

Dedicated readers of this newsletter may recall that we reported on MAGC’s “trash audit” from May 2017. Marin Sanitary Service examined our large landfill dumpster and found that nearly 75 percent of what we were throwing away could actually be recycled or composted! Since then, we have been working to make it easier for everyone…

Congratulations to the Happy Couples

The wedding season at MAGC winds down in November, with the autumn foliage providing a stunning backdrop to the last celebrations of the year. Throughout the summer, there is a wedding here almost every weekend, and sometimes more than one. Our beautiful grounds are a natural fit for couples with a garden location in mind,…

What’s That? A Hornets’ Nest

If you stop in at the MAGC office, be sure to take a look at our range of materials about the various programs and activities we feature on our bookshelf. While you’re browsing, you might notice a peculiar object on top of the shelf, resembling a bark football. That, friends, is a baldface hornets’ nest,…