Sun or shade, coleus has color made

Leaf peeping: it’s not just for autumn any more! Vivid coleus brings year-round color where it’s needed. You may well have taken note of the eye-catching triangular leaves of the coleus plants growing near the main office of Marin Art & Garden Center. With their dark purplish centers and brilliant green edges, these leaves can…

Feeling Blue in the Garden

Every so often, a particular color seems to stand out more than others in the gardens here at Marin Art & Garden Center, and right now, it’s blue. Don’t be downcast, though, because these are a couple of plants that are both eye-catching and low maintenance. Looking for an easy-to-grow plant that blooms for months,…

Gardening is a Workout

Development Manager and fitness trainer Molly Anixt demonstrates how you can stay limber for gardening enjoyment.   During this Shelter in Place we have see a rise in the number of people out tending to their gardens. Those who previously did not have hours to spending pruning and watering are now finding it an enjoyable…

Planning a Bountiful Summer Harvest

With a little preparation and planning, you can look forward to a summer of edible garden delights. MAGC’s Garden Manager Steven Schwager uses our very own Edible Garden to demonstrate some important steps that will ensure you get the most from your own vegetable plot. He’ll show you how to prepare the soil with the…

Don’t Be Tempted by Invasive Plants

Some plants look appealing, but beware—they are more trouble than they’re worth, explains Garden Manager Steven Schwager. Berkeley Sedge, Italian Arum, Four O’Clocks, Three-cornered Leeks and Forget-Me-Nots. All are attractive plants that might seem like a good addition to your greenery, but don’t be led astray when you’re shopping for your garden. These are plants…

Seeing Red in the Garden: what does it mean?

Our Garden Manager, Steven Schwager, has been getting a lot of questions about certain red-colored potential pests. The weather conditions this spring have indeed been ideal for many insects. Aphids Among the insect pests that seem especially abundant this year are the aphids. Although an individual aphid is very small, collectively, aphids can cause considerable…

Pinch Your Perennials for Prodigious Plants

Some of the most eye-catching plants at Marin Art & Garden Center come back year after year, our perennials. Dahlias, Salvias, Agastache, milkweeds and Penstemon thrill us every time they bloom. Now, before spring temperatures get too warm and days get too long is time for some critical maintenance to ensure you get the most…

A Rainbow of Iris

Iris was a messenger between gods and humans in Greek myth, no wonder these flowers seem divine. Dotting the grounds of Marin Art & Garden Center, and perhaps the hillsides around you as well are splashes of bright purple, the blooms of Douglas Iris. This native plant grows wild all along the California coast, and…