San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

Celebrating the Library's
45th Anniversary

On Saturday, September 9, from 10am–4pm, the Library held an open house including a special family Story Time where author Christie Matheson read her children's book, Plant the Tiny Seed. Visitors also enjoyed a book sale, a new exhibition by award-winning botanical artist Kristin Jakob, children's crafts, a plant sale featuring California natives and succulents, and more. Many thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate.

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is made possible by the generous contributions from our community. If you missed our event but would like to give a birthday present to the Library, please consider purchasing books from our Amazon Wish List or donating funds to help support this remarkable resource. We would like to thank the donors, staff, members, volunteers, and visitors who have helped the Library thrive and provide new and innovative ways to extend our resources and make them available to youth, to educators, and to our diverse community.


Open House-September 9, 10am–4pm


Scheduled Events

  • 10:30 — Plant the Tiny Seed story time with author Christie Matheson
  • 1:00 — Welcome by Brandy Kuhl, Head Librarian
  • 10:00–1:00 — Garden plant sale: natives & succulents
All Day Activities
  • Meet library staff and volunteers
  • Learn about our collections and programs
  • Art exhibition by botanical artist Kristin Jakob
  • Used book sale in library courtyard
  • Craft activity for kids and the young at heart
  • 45th Anniversary photo exhibition


45th Anniversary Photo Exhibit

Opening Day of the Library

Also check out our special Library's 45th Anniversary Photo Exhibit, featuring classic historical and current photos.

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 | $7 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors & 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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