Marin Art and Garden Center 30 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., in Ross, (415) 455-5260. Daily sunrise-sunset. Free.
Operated by local volunteers, this historical 11-acre facility is planted with birch, laurel, holly, and rhododendrons and is also home to a rare dawn redwood tree, an unusual domed sequoia, and a spectacular magnolia ring. A sweet rose garden contains more than 150 kinds—most are old varieties and many are fragrant--and both a native Basketry Garden and a peaceful Memory Garden are nearby. A garden map is available in the main office. Theatrical and special events are often scheduled in the property’s 19th-century barn and in its amphitheater.
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Laurel House Antiques ((415) 454-8472. M-Sat 10-4.) sells an impressive array of consignment antiques, including china, crystal, silver, furniture, paintings, and decorative accents. A separate room is dedicated to Asian antiques. Proceeds benefit the center.
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Also, the Marin Society of Artists Gallery ((415) 454-9561. W-Sun noon-4pm) shows, sells, and rents out art, and it presents a new show every month. Note that the gallery is moving in January 2016 to 1515 Third St./E St. in San Rafael.
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