San Francisco Botanical GardenSan Francisco Botanical Garden Library of Horticulture

Open free of charge, 10am–4pm except on Tuesdays and major holidays. Upcoming holidays: November 27-28, December 24-25, 31, January 1.

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

Upcoming 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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Cloud Forest Plants of Mesoamerica

Art Exhibit: Cloud Forest Plants of Mesoamerica

Come celebrate the beauty and rarity of cloud forest plants from Mexico's highlands with a new exhibit of original watercolors by Master Artists of the Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Illustration. All of the watercolors have been painted from plants in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive.
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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.

December: Deep Roots: Families in the Garden
January: Blooms & Branches
February: Garden Mysteries
March: Girls Grow in the Garden (celebrating Women's History Month)

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.
ADMISSION  FREE for all SF City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors & Children

LOCATION Entrances at the corner of 9th Ave at Lincoln Way & at MLK Jr. Dr. off the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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