Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. Closed May 25, Memorial Day, and July 4.
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 – 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.
Summer Reading Club
Keep young minds and bodies active this summer by joining the Helen Crocker Russell Library's Summer Reading Club. This free reading club engages children's learning about the natural world around them. Each week children are introduced to new nature-related reading themes and garden activities and receive seeds to plant as they reach weekly reading goals. Participants will receive a special prize for completing the entire eight-week program. More information
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.