San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and most holidays.

The Library will be closed May 29, Memorial Day.

Phone: (415) 661-1316 ext. 403
Brandy Kuhl
Head Librarian
Abbey Levantini
Assistant 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.

Current Art Exhibit

Current Art Exhibit –
Beautiful Relationships: Flora and Fauna from Around the World

We are delighted to introduce our January-April art exhibition, Beautiful Relationships: Flora and Fauna from Around the World. These colored-pencil nature illustrations by Rachel Diaz-Bastin feature flora and fauna of tropical and Mediterranean habitats worldwide. Rachel is especially intrigued by the relationships of plants and animals that suggest co-evolution, such as Darwin's hawk moth and the Madagascar comet orchid. More about this exhibit.

Upcoming Art Exhibit

May–August Art Exhibit
Exquisite Blooms:
Chinese Brush Paintings
By Janny Xiaoqin Huang

Exquisite Blooms showcases 30 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. More about this exhibit.

Library Subject Guides

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.

Featured Story Time book

Story Time

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
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 2,000 books for children.

Find out how to get a Library card.
Library Collections

Library Collections

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.
More about the Collections

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.
SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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