A Very Large Donation

Lurking in the shadows of the main office building at MAGC is a monster. A plant the size of a person, and at least 50 years old. This new addition to our gardens is a staghorn fern, and was the gift of Carol Houck, who inherited this magnificent specimen from her mother and generously chose…

Pipevine Swallowtails: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

California pipevine, growing in the MAGC propagation area. In many cases, discovering that something has chewed through your garden is a cause for concern. Sometimes, though, it’s a reason to celebrate, as when caterpillars take up residence on their way to becoming beautiful butterflies. You may have even planted milkweed in specifically to attract Monarchs,…

An Eye for Detail: Botanical Illustration

Perhaps nothing so deftly combines the two components of the Marin Art & Garden Center’s name as botanical illustration, bridging the worlds of art and gardening. The earliest civilizations depicted plant life in their artwork, but the modern art of botanical illustration really finds its roots in the Renaissance, where such leading artists as Leonardo…

A Peck of Peppers for your Paprikash

Whether by chance or by design, MAGC’s Edible Garden boasts a particularly Hungarian-themed pepper crop this year. Our Garden Manager, Steven Schwager, has Hungarian ancestry, which may have played a part in the selection process; however the choice was made, the plants are thriving. Peppers’ spicy heat comes from a chemical called capsaicin, and pepper…

Dahlias to Lift Your Spirits

This has been a spectacular summer for dahlias around the grounds. These showy blooms come in an alluring array of colors and are ready to take center stage in an arrangement or planting bed. There are many different varieties, from enormous “Dinnerplate” styles to compact “Mignon” varieties, and petal arrangements that give each type a…