Fire Prevention and Preparedness

One year after the devastating fires to the north, we are all keenly aware of the dangers of this dry season. On October 1, MAGC hosted a fire prevention seminar for the community, led by Master Gardener Katherine Randolph and the Ross Valley Fire Department. A near-capacity crowd attended this informative event, which not only…

Our recycling champion

Regina Ellis has been a house manager at MAGC for nearly two decades. Regina is a second to none when it comes to keeping events running smoothly, right down to the smallest detail. As she works so closely with our caterers, Regina has been one of the key staff helping MAGC to sort waste and…

Garden School Fundraiser

On May 23, even as the school year was winding down, the parents and friends of the MAGC Garden School were gearing up for the second annual fundraiser to benefit the preschool. The organizing committee,  Sarah Atwood, Adriana Cox, Lindsay Dunham, Erin Earls, Catherine Hedrick, Erin Lumpkin, Alicia Rockefeller, and Diana Werner, had worked for…

Conservation Night carries on

MAGC’s second annual Conservation Night, on July 19, was another great success! Buoyed by the harmonies of Happnstance, our Summer Concert performers, our guest host Supervisor Katie Rice welcomed local conservation organizations Cool the Earth, One Tam, the Marin United Nations Association, Wisdom Supply Company, Wildcare, the Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin Sanitary Service, and…

New face in the gardens

MAGC’s Garden Manager, Robert Mooney, retired in June after more than seven years transforming the gardens to the vibrant and flourishing condition we enjoy today. You might still see him around the grounds, where he is continuing to help us out as a volunteer. In July, we welcomed Steven Schwager as our new Garden Manager.…

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…