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.
Prevent the Summer Slide with our Summer Reading Club!
Keep young minds and bodies active this summer by joining our Summer Reading Club. Each week children will be introduced to new nature-related reading themes and garden activities, plant seeds in the Children's Garden as they reach weekly reading goals, and receive a special prize for completing the entire eight week program.
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ART EXHIBIT: Etchings of Eden: Plants from California's Wild and Cultivated Gardens
The remarkable and rigorous art of etching will be featured in this exhibition by Stephanie Martin. Martin's intaglio etchings depict some of the state's most exquisite native and cultivated flora – their lovely architecture and design rendered in fine detail.
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.