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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.
We're Getting Ready for the Big Sale!
Our Annual Spring Plant (and Book!) Sale is just around the corner. Looking for the perfect gift for green-thumbed friends or family? Or looking to grow your own library? Come discover a treasure trove of used books for sale on a variety of horticulture-related topics.
New! Works by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists
Diversity in the Botanical World, a juried exhibition featuring botanical art emphasizing plants of Northern California and San Francisco Botanical Garden will be exhibited in the Library from May–August.
California Native Plants Bibliography
This comprehensive bibliography lists hundreds of California native plant-related books, articles, images and more from the Library's collections.
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.
For the Kids
Check out our monthly lists of recommended children's books along with a Featured Book of the Month.
Children's Story Time & Family Walk