A Garden Party Under the Stars: The Marin Art and Garden Center’s Annual Harvest Dinner

160 guests donned their finest garden attire on Friday, September 17 to dine by starlight inside the walls of the Marin Art and Garden Center in Larkspur. The event, held in the Center’s Stratford Garden, placed event-goers amongst towering heritage trees and adjacent to delicate flowers and blooming rose bushes.

Marin garden center Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography
Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography

Now in its sixth year, the Marin Art and Garden’s Annual Harvest Dinner supports the center’s public programming, including its summer concert series, lectures, studio exhibitions, family programming and garden workshops, as well as free, daily admission to its historic grounds from sunrise to sunset. Dinner, by Sage Catering, featured a spectacular multi-course menu of locally sourced fare. Wines were provided by sponsors Duckhorn Vineyards, Hafner Vineyard and Lorenza, and decor was orchestrated by sponsor Mayesh.

Marin Garden Center
Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography

The al fresco soiree was attended by Ross Mayor Elizabeth Robbins, former Ross Mayor Beach Kuhl, Town of Ross Council Member Julie McMillan, philanthropist Phoebe Cowles, and a number of Marin Art and Garden board members, including Tom Perry, Diane Doodha, Ned Purdom, Pamela Scott, Robin MacNaughton, Robert Beadle, Michael Del Balso, Robin Donoghue, Andy Evans, Jessica Fairchild, Ed Lewis and Bob Mayer.

The event raised $100,000, enabling the center to look ahead to future programs with greater creativity and flexibility to engage the community in the arts, conservation and preservation.


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Donna GlassDonna Berry Glass is a freelance writer in Marin County who writes mostly about family and kid-oriented topics. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring the natural beauty of Marin, snuggling with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel while reading a good book or whipping up something delicious in her space-challenged kitchen. Donna is a supporter of the California Academy of Sciences, a world class science museum and research institution, and the Institute on Aging which provides much needed services to seniors and disabled individuals.