Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. The Library will be closed from 11am – 1:30pm on Wednesday, January 21, for an annual event celebrating our volunteers.
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.
Art Exhibit – Fotanicals: the Secret Language of Flowers
Photographer joSon challenges us to reflect on why flowers play such a crucial role in human culture and emotion, in Fotanicals: the Secret Language of Flowers. Based on his recently-published book, this exhibit of photography "continues the great tradition in florilegia" by depicting the architecture of flowers in exquisite detail. Opens January.
Upcoming Art Exhibit – Ernest Clayton Wildflower Images
Botanical Prints from mid-20th Century
Back by popular demand! In addition to favorites from their popular exhibition in 2013, this exhibit will feature 30 new botanical prints by Marin County artist Ernest Clayton. Presented in a style reminiscent of the arts and crafts tradition of the early 20th century, these paintings go beyond the usual stylized images of that era and offer pictures that are vivid and naturalistic, combining the observations of a botanist with the aesthetics of a skilled artist. Opens May 2.
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.
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.