1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

Story time

Story Time & Family Garden Walk

First and Third Sunday of Every Month!

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. 


First and third Sunday of every month at 10:30; family garden walk departs the Library at 11:00 



Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

San Francisco Botanical Garden

(located by the Garden's main entrance gate)



Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.


Story Time is suitable for children aged 4-8.

Entrance to the Library and Story Time is always free for all visitors.

Entrance to the Garden is free for all Garden Members and SF residents with proof of residency. See the visiting information page for full admission details. 

Story Time and Family Garden Walk:

August 4 & 18 - Pollination Celebration

September 1 & 15 - California Giants

October 6 & 20 - Pumpkin Party

November 3 & 17 - Towering Trees
December 1 & 15 - Fantastic Fruits

The Library has an excellent collection of children's books on plants, animals, natural history, and nature-related myths and stories.



Baby Story Time

Thursday, August 8 at 9:15am

Monday, September 9 at 9:15am

Monday, October 14 at 9:15am (library will be open on Columbus Day)

Monday, November 4 at 9:15am

Monday, December 9 at 9:15am


Baby Story Time is back! Enjoy rhymes, songs, and stories especially for babies! Have a ball with your little one while learning how you can support their early literacy through fun and simple daily activities. It’s a joyful opportunity to explore our children’s nature library and meet other families. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden!

For infants and babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.

Free admission.


Special Story Time

Sunday, November 24, 10:30am


Join local author-illustrator Meenal Patel as she shares her acclaimed picture book, Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala. This joyful story is a celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, the threads that connect each of us to our heritage, and the power of sharing our traditions with others. An art activity and book sales/signing will round out the event. Best suited for children aged 4-8.

Free admission.