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The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, established in 1972, is northern California's most comprehensive horticultural library. The library houses approximately 27,000 volumes and 350 plant and garden periodicals.
The library collections cover all aspects of horticulture including gardening, garden design, botanical art, ethnobotany and pest management, with an emphasis on plants grown in Mediterranean and other mild temperate climates. The library also features a 1,600-volume children's botanical library, Sunday children's story time programs and botanical art exhibitions.
Art Exhibit –
The Park: A Love Story
Our upcoming art exhibit opening in September features Golden Gate Park landscapes and flora by Stephen Kane. Steve's love for Golden Gate Park is evident in his vast collection of images taken over eight years of walking and photographing the abundant variety of plants and landscapes in the Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park. This will be Steve's second show at the Library, the first was his wonderful 2014 exhibit, Trees Love Light. Please join us for the Artist's Reception on September 15, 5–7pm. More about this exhibit.
Upcoming Art Exhibit –
Beautiful Relationships: Flora and Fauna from Around the World
We are delighted to introduce our next art exhibition opening in the Library in January, Beautiful Relationships: Flora and Fauna from Around the World. These colored-pencil nature illustrations by Rachel Diaz-Bastin feature flora and fauna of tropical and Mediterranean habitats worldwide. Rachel is especially intrigued by the relationships of plants and animals that suggest co-evolution, such as Darwin's hawk moth and the Madagascar comet orchid.
More about this exhibit.
Library Subject Guides
Want to know more about magnolias? Or maybe you're looking for a California native tree for your garden. Library staff created these subject guides to help visitors find resources on popular gardening and horticultural topics. Resources include books, periodicals, articles, images and vertical files. More about library subject guides.
The Library maintains a comprehensive reference collection of material including books, periodicals, nursery catalogs, pamphlets, slides and videos. The latest addition is a teachers' resource collection devoted to children's nature education. In it teachers will find K-12 lesson plans, math and science in the garden, games, crafts, ecoliteracy, school gardens and more. Also included are children's book lists by subject and a list of free online resources.
More about the Collections