The Terence S. Tarr Botanical and Horticulture Library

Located at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s administrative office at Museum Hill, the Terence S. Tarr Botanical and Horticulture Library features nearly 2,000 books on plants, botany, gardening, botanical history, regional flora, and landscaping. The shelves are stocked with illustrated references on specific plant varieties, landscape design and conservation. Books are available for research, browsing, reading, and creative inspiration; borrowing privileges are reserved for SFBG members only.

Hours & Location

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Please call (505) 471-9103 to be sure the Library is available.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Administrative Office
Stewart L. Udall Building, Museum Hill
725 Camino Lejo, Ste E
Santa Fe, NM 87505

About Terence S. Tarr

Terence became involved with Santa Fe Botanical Garden very soon after moving to Santa Fe in 1991 and was its first librarian and archivist. Read more >

Search Our Collection

Search the LibraryThe SFBG Library collection is available for browsing through the online database at (

Search “drought tolerant” and find titles such as:

“Dry-land gardening : a xeriscaping guide for dry-summer, cold-winter climates”

“Waterwise landscaping with trees, shrubs & vines : a xeriscape guide for the Rocky Mountain region, California & the desert Southwest”

Search “penstemon” and learn about some of our native flora:

“Penstemons : the beautiful beardtongues of New Mexico”

“The gardener’s guide to growing penstemons”

Read our article “Gardening By The Book”  for a great selection of top reviewed books.

Donate to the Collection

At this time, we are no longer accepting books to the collection. For more information, please call (505) 471-9103.

Other Resources

Botanical Book Club

The Botanical Book Club typically meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 1-2:30pm in the small conference room of the Udall Building (Center for Museum Resources, 725 Camino Lejo).  Interested participants will meet for tea, cookies and good conversation.  Check the Events Calendar for which book we’ll be reading each month>

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing tens of thousands of titles and over 100,000 volumes.

Read The Biodiversity Heritage Library: It’s More Than Legacy Literature” for more details >

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a member of The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, Inc. (CBHL). This international organization of individuals, organizations and institutions is concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature. The purpose of CBHL is to initiate and improve communication and coordinate activities and programs of mutual interest and benefit to its membership.

Learn more about CBHL >