Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and most holidays.
Closed September 4, Memorial Day
The Library will close at 2pm on September 28
Phone: (415) 661-1316 ext. 403
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 2,000-volume children's botanical library, Sunday children's story time programs and botanical art exhibitions.
May–August Art Exhibit
Chinese Brush Paintings
By Janny Xiaoqin Huang
Exquisite Blooms showcases 35 of Janny Xiaoqin Huang's original Chinese brush paintings, including portraits of poppies, magnolias, peonies, and other flowers found in San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, and Filoli. A native of Nanjing, China, Huang graduated from the Jiangsu Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting and has been working in San Francisco as a professional painter and teacher since 1989.
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September-December Art Exhibit—
Botanical Illustration Retrospective
Displaying the meticulous art and a glimpse into the admirable life of a well-known local botanical artist and native plant enthusiast, this exhibit traces Kristin Jakob's artistic journey from talented middle school artist to award-winning botanical illustrator. The exhibit features book, magazine, scientific journal and poster illustrations, various commercial and private commissions, and a selection from her self-published line of botanical prints.
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Summer Reading Club:
June 1–July 31
Flex your mind and body this summer with the Summer Reading Club at the Botanical Garden Library. Kids learn about the natural world in a new game format and receive seeds to plant as they meet weekly reading and activity goals! Special prizes await children who complete the eight-week program.
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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.
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