The Marin Art & Garden Center is a non-profit organization and an enriching community resource. The Center offers educational programs and community events that foster the arts, horticulture, conservation and history. In addition to community happenings, MAGC offers a peaceful place to take a stroll, have a picnic or simply to reflect.
The Center has many resident groups that help support the goals and objectives of MAGC. These groups are listed below and more informaton about them can be found on their respective websites.
| Horticulture and Environmental Conservation |
Garden Society of Marin - website -
The Garden Society of Marin is a founding member of MAGC that promotes best gardening practices and enriches the botanical knowledge of its members.
Marin Bonsai Club - website -
For over 50 years the Marin Bonsai Club has offered its members the
opportunity to learn and practice the ancient art of “tree in a pot,” the Japanese translation of bonsai. They have monthly meetings, workshops and two annual shows.
Marin Garden Club-
Marin Garden Club was formed in 1931 and is a founding member of MAGC. It promotes gardening by offering conservation and educational activities.
Marin Master Gardeners - website -
Marin Master Gardeners are a dedicated, trained group of volunteers that share their love of gardening and horticulture through community service and educational outreach.
Oceanic Society - website -
The mission of the Oceanic Society is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening connections between people and nature through research, community engagement and first-hand experience.
Pixie Park - website -
Pixie Park (or Pixie Parents, Inc.) is a parent and grandparent cooperative membership organization that supports and maintains the only private, non-profit playground in Marin County. The park is specifically designed for kids six and under.
Tamalpais Conservation Club -website -
The purpose of the Tamalpais Conservation Club is to conserve things animate and inanimate in Marin County, particularly the scenic beauties and fauna of Mt. Tamalpais and its slopes and spurs; to build, maintain and protect its footpaths and walking trails for low-impact, non-mechanized use and to support retention of these lands as a public park and to aid and encourage acquisition of lands as public parks and public open space.
| The Arts |
Marin Society of Artists - website -
The philosophy of the Marin Society of Artists (MSA) is to encourage an appreciation of the visual arts. Along with works of art for sale, MSA has one of the finest art rental galleries in Northern California.
Laurel House Group - website -
Laurel House Group operates the Laurel House Antique shop located on the grounds. This non-profit shop, Laurel House Antiques, is a treasure trove of beautiful items.
The Representation Project - website -
Formerly known as Miss Representation, this organization produces film content that educates, inspires action and transforms our culture.
Ross Valley Players - website -
Ross Valley Players is a highly successful community theater group which presents dramatic productions in the Center's historic barn.
| History |
Jose Moya Del Pino Library and Ross Historical Society - website -
The Jose Moya Del Pino Library and Ross Historical Society is housed in the Center’s historic Octagon House and is home to an extensive collection of donated books on art, gardening, antiques and local area history.
| The Gardens |
The Marin Art & Garden Center is an 11-acre property resplendent with heritage trees, abundant varieties of plants and varied growing environments. Graced with a seasonal stream, fertile soil and verdant wildlife, the pesticide-free grounds contain diverse garden areas, such as a Butterfly Habitat Garden, Channel Islands Garden, Memory Garden, Native Basketry Garden, Native Memorial Garden, Rose Garden, and more. The Center also has an active compost demonstration site, a plant propagation area and nursery.
Visit The Gardens for more information about these beautiful gardens that are also certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a habitat sanctuary.
| The Programs |
Marin Art & Garden Center is an active and vibrant venue with many opportunities for involvement for people of all ages. In the past, we have offered a comprehensive series of educational events and classes in horticulture, gardening or environmental conservation and through our collaboration with Ross Recreation we are expanding into other areas such as music, arts and crafts, and cooking. Click here to learn more.