MAGC was honored to host the annual meeting of the California Garden & Landscape History Society in early November, entitled “Living with Nature: The Settlement and Protection of the Marin County Landscape.” CGLHS is an interdisciplinary group that celebrates the beauty and diversity of California’s historic gardens and landscapes, and conference participants came from throughout the state to spend the weekend at MAGC and in Marin. Aspects of MAGC’s history were presented by landscape architect JC Miller, who talked about the legacy of Robert Royston, designer of Pixie Park; and MAGC trustee Tom Perry, who spoke of his illustrious relatives and residents of the MAGC property, the Worn sisters.
Among the speakers was also Carol Roland Nawi, a historian and preservationist who has researched and written about the history of MAGC and its connection with the rise of the modern environmental movement in our area. It was fascinating to hear how in the 1930s, Caroline Livermore and a group of like-minded women took the lead in establishing the Marin Conservation League, which was responsible for saving some of the most important natural areas for public enjoyment, including Mt. Tamalpais, Tomales Bay, Angel Island, and Richardson Bay. MAGC also owes its existence to this group of activists, and as we approach the 75th anniversary of our founding in 1945, we remain committed to the environmental values that moved our founders. We hope you’ll join us for the upcoming Conservation Series of lectures in the new year—keep an eye on our website for forthcoming details.