Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. Upcoming holidays: May 26, July 4, September 1.
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: Trees Love Light by Stephen Kane
The Helen Crocker Russell Library is pleased to present an exciting new exhibition by photographer Stephen Kane, Trees Love Light. In images ranging from landscapes to close-ups, realist to near-abstract, this exhibit celebrates trees in all stages of their life cycle.
COMING SOON: Etchings of Eden art exhibit
Stay tuned for more on our next art exhibit, Etchings of Eden: Plants from California's Wild and Cultivated Gardens. This exhibit features Stephanie Martin's intaglio etchings depicting some of our state's most exquisite flora, including douglas iris, wild ginger, sweet peas and pomegranates.
We provide monthly lists of recommended children's books along with a Featured Book of the Month and SFBGS Members and SFUSD teachers can now check-out children's books.
Children's Story Time & Family Walk
Children's Collection Now Circulating
SFBGS Members and SFUSD teachers can now check-out children's books. Find out how to get a Library card.