Who We Are
Marin Garden Club (MGC) is dedicated to promoting interest in gardens and gardening; engaging in educational activities related to horticulture and conservation; and encouraging the preservation of the natural beauty of Marin County. We have approximately 70 members who meet monthly September through June.
MGC has a long and remarkable history, dating from its founding in 1931, and its members have been highly respected leaders who have made exceptional contributions to the community. Examples include:
- Providing seed money to assist in the purchase of lands that would later become Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Angel Island State Park, China Camp State Park, and Drakes Bay Beach.
- Saving the property now known as Marin Art and Garden Center (MAGC) from development, and then creating and maintaining its Memory Garden.
- Ensuring that no billboards are allowed in Marin County.
- Sponsoring pampas grass and French broom eradication efforts.
To support Marin County students wishing to pursue studies in conservation, horticulture, and environmental fields, MGC established a Scholarship Fund in 1994. Each year we raise money to award scholarships to qualified high school students. Over the years, we have given over $165,000 to some 90 students.
MGC is a part of the Garden Club of America (GCA) which has more than 18,000 members in 200 affiliated clubs throughout the country. MGC members participate in many national GCA conferences and join with other GCA clubs to foster local conservation efforts, such as protecting wetlands and native plants. Delegates from each GCA club attend an annual National Affairs and Legislation Conference in Washington, DC, where they meet with Senators and Congresspersons to advocate for environmental issues.