It’s the nature of gardens to change, with the seasons and with the years. You may not be able to see how much thought and planning goes into shaping these changes at the Marin Art & Garden Center, but we certainly hope you notice the results.

Keeping these 11-acre grounds consistently inviting, engaging, and enlightening is a challenge, and the MAGC Horticultural Advisory Committee (HAC) was recently established to provide horticultural guidance for the ongoing management of our gardens.

We are fortunate to have Richard G. Turner joining us as chair of the HAC. After receiving degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, Richard escaped to California where he could garden year round. He has spent most of his career working in the realm of public horticulture, as the first Executive Director of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in the mid-1990s, and serving as editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine from 1997 to 2012. Though now retired, he remains active in the public garden world as a horticultural consultant.

The HAC will meet every six months, and its team of professionals well versed in the world of public gardens offers a broad perspective from which to advise on the preservation, enhancement, and expansion of these gardens.

The members of the HAC:

Richard G Turner, Chair
Landscape design and horticulture consultant

Christopher Carmichael
Research Affiliate and Associate Director Emeritus
University of California Botanical Garden

Shelagh Fritz
Project Manager
Alcatraz Gardens

Richard Hayden
Garden Director
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

Richard Kennedy, ASLA
Senior Principal
James Corner Field Operations

Matthew Stephens
Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden

Stewart Winchester
Horticulturist and instructor, Merritt College

Jeff Wright
Supervisor of Horticulture
Presidio Trust

MAGC board, staff, and volunteer representatives:

Dianna Blodgett
Propagation volunteer, Marin Master Gardeners

Kathleen Toney
Horticulture Committee Chair
Marin Garden Club

Thomas Perry
Retired nurseryman and MAGC trustee

Jessica Fairchild
Architect and MAGC trustee

Steven Schwager
Garden Manager
Marin Art & Garden Center