San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

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.

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

Fotanicals: the Secret Language of Flowers

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.
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Ernest Clayton Wildflower Images

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.
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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.
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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.

April: Weird and Wild Plants
May: Plants of California

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 1,600 books for children.

Children's Collection Now Circulating

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.

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 | $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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