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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.
Art Exhibit – Chasing Color: Painting California's Native Flora through the Seasons
By Erika Perloff
The Helen Crocker Russell Library is delighted to present Chasing Color: Painting California's Native Flora through the Seasons, a beautiful new exhibition by Santa Cruz-based artist Erika Perloff.
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
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.
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.