SFBG’s Terence S. Tarr Botanical and Horticultural Library is filled with literary treasures.  Almost 2,000 fabulous books on plants, botany, gardening, botanical history, regional flora and landscaping are available for browsing, reading and creative inspiration.  The shelves are stocked with illustrated references on specific plant varieties, landscape design and conservation.  Visitors and browsers are welcome, but checking out books is restricted to SFBG members.

If you would like to visit the library, the SFBG office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm; call 505-471-9103 to be sure the Library is available.

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

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

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.

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>

Donate to the collection

If you have books you would like to donate to SFBG, please call us to arrange a drop off time, 471-9103.

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 >