Winter Dinner 2020

The biennial Winter Dinner is one of the highlights of the season in our town. Thanks to the efforts of the Ross Auxiliary, this year’s event was truly memorable with its theme of “Fly Me to the Moon.” The evening began with cocktails in MAGC’s own Livermore Pavilion, followed by dinner in private homes around…

A Successful Year-End Appeal

The Marin Art & Garden Center closed out the decade on a high note, with our most successful year-end appeal yet. In 2019, our friends and supporters were more generous than ever. Thanks to the contributions of more than 165 individual donors, we can look forward to more exciting programs, extraordinary gardens, and a stronger…

Winter Around the Grounds

As fortunate as we are to have mild winters here in the Bay Area, things do quiet down in the gardens between December and March. Bare branches are revealed as the oaks lose their leaves, and the brown fronds on our stately Dawn Redwood often lead to worried inquiries as to its health. Never fear,…

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…