Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. Upcoming holidays: November 27-28, December 24-25, 31, January 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.
Upcoming Art Exhibit – Fotanicals: the Secret Language of Flowers
Photographer joSon challenges us to reflect on why flowers play such a crucial role in human culture and emotion, in Fotanicals: the Secret Language of Flowers. Based on his recently-published book, this exhibit of photography "continues the great tradition in florilegia" by depicting the architecture of flowers in exquisite detail. Opens January.
Art Exhibit: Cloud Forest Plants of Mesoamerica
Come celebrate the beauty and rarity of cloud forest plants from Mexico's highlands with a new exhibit of original watercolors by Master Artists of the Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Illustration. All of the watercolors have been painted from plants in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive.
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 San Francisco teachers can now check-out children's books. Find out how to get a Library card.