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,…

Gingerbread decorating

Last year we inaugurated a new holiday fundraiser for the Marin Art & Garden Center, an event that proved so much fun for families that we decided to do it again this year. What better way to celebrate the season than by decking out a gingerbread cottage with an array of candy and goodies? Even…

In Bloom: Mahonias

As part of our efforts to make the MAGC grounds more fire resistant, we recently removed a couple of large junipers near the bridge in front of the Main Office. Junipers are among the garden plants identified as being fire-prone and therefore removal was recommended by the Ross Valley Fire Department.  These beds have now…

MAGC Board of Trustees News

The MAGC Board of Trustees recently welcomed two new members. Melissa Harris grew up on the coast of Maine and is a graduate of the Temple Ambler School of Horticulture and UMaine. She relocated to the Bay Area ten years ago, and her first garden on the West Coast was the Historic Gardens of Alcatraz,…

What’s That? Oak Galls

This time of year, acorns large and small start to rain down all around MAGC, keeping the squirrels busy and the rest of us on our guard. You may have noticed some other, more unusual objects growing on and falling from our oaks: oak galls, sometimes called oak apples. Their rounded shape and surprisingly light…