San Francisco Botanical GardenSan Francisco Botanical Garden Library of Horticulture

Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. Upcoming holidays: May 26, July 4, September 1.

Phone: (415) 661-1316 ext. 403

Brandy Kuhl
Head Librarian

Abbey Levantini
Asst. Librarian



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.

Trees Love Light

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.
More about this Exhibit

Etchings of Eden

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.

Featured Story Time book


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.

March: Garden Creatures, Great & Small
April: Spring Forward with California Native Plants
May: Going Native with California Plants

Children's Story Time & Family Walk
Stories at 10:30am with walk in the Garden at 11am on the first and third Sunday every month.

Children's Bibliography
Our collection of over 1,600 books for children.

Children's Collection Now Circulating

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.

Barbara Pitschel
In Memoriam

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries
An international organization whose purpose is to initiate and improve communications among persons and institutions concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature.
ADMISSION  FREE for all SF City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors & Children

LOCATION Entrances at the corner of 9th Ave at Lincoln Way & at MLK Jr. Dr. off the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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