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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 2,000-volume children's botanical library,
Sunday children's story time programs and botanical art exhibitions.
September-December Art Exhibit—
A Gardener's Herbarium: The Art of Pressed Botanicals
Drawn by a mutual interest in the art and science of pressing and
preserving plants, Cindy LaMar and Marybeth Kampman developed
their own unique process. Their plant pressings are arranged and
scanned at a high resolution, which magnifies and exposes their
beauty and intricate structure. Artwork includes pressed
botanicals in two mediums; the original natural pressings which
are mounted on herbarium paper, and the scanned images of the
Please join us for the artists' reception on Wednesday, September
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January-April Art Exhibit—Tree Portraits, Golden Gate Park
Heath Massey's beautiful pastel Tree Portraits draw our attention
to and sharpens our appreciation of the wonderful variety of trees
in Golden Gate Park. Massey’s tree portraits convey the charm,
beauty, and character of individual trees, as well as show a range
of landscapes in the park.
Please join us for the artists’ reception on Thursday, January 10,
More about this exhibit >>
Library Subject Guides
Want to know more about magnolias? Or maybe you're looking for a
California native tree for your garden. Library staff created
these subject guides to help visitors find resources on popular
gardening and horticultural topics. Resources include books,
periodicals, articles, images and vertical files.
More about library subject guides.
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.
More about the Collections
Library's 45th Anniversary
2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the Helen Crocker Russell
Library of Horticulture. The Library a place of enjoyment and
learning for children and families, and is an indispensible
resource for Garden staff and volunteers, educators and students,
gardeners, authors, historians, artists, and the general public.
On September 9th, 2017 we held a free, all-day event to celebrate:
Learn more about this event.
Also check out the
Library's 45th Anniversary Photo Exhibit, featuring great historical and current images.