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…

Bridge Work

With over 100,000 visitors annually, MAGC sees a lot of foot traffic along its pathways, and all the sun and rain take their toll as well. We recently replaced the bridge over Kittle Creek, which connected the back of the Rose Garden with the Laurel House courtyard. Our Facilities Manager Ken Cottrell led the work…

And a Board Member retires

One of the Marin Art & Garden Center’s longest-serving members of the Board of Trustees recently announced her retirement. Nanette Londeree (second from right) has helped lead MAGC into a new era of stability and relevance, and as the Board Secretary, has been instrumental in keeping the organization running smoothly. Her fellow Board member, Ed…

Spring Greens

These early spring days are ideal for growing leafy green crops, which thrive in our Edible Garden. We’ve had to do more watering this year since rainfall has been below average, but the tender lettuces, hardier kales, and leafier herbs are all flourishing this time of year. We have harvested broccoli, lettuce greens, arugula, and…

New Lighting in the South Lot

In autumn 2016, we were delighted to re-open the historic building at the south end of the property as The Studio, a gallery and event space. You may have enjoyed one of the exhibitions that has been up since then, joined us for a lecture or workshop, or even sampled treats from the Pixie Park…

Pear Tree Grafting

In the latest news from the Mission pear tree, scions were taken from our historic specimen by Tom Untermann, owner of the West End Nursery, and grafted onto saplings that will, with luck, allow our tree’s heritage to flourish through several new trees, including one at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. We’re very grateful to…