Andersen Horticultural Library

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Andersen Horticultural Library is a unique and inviting destination open to the public. A reading and reference library specializing in horticulture, plant sciences and natural history, its rich collections include a trove of art in the form of vintage seed catalogs, botanical wall charts, 19th-century wildflower paintings and rare books of exquisite bird and flower images from the past 500 years.

In addition to the reference collection, custom-built Nakashima furnishings make this space a welcoming retreat for reading and reflection.

Events and Exhibitions

Library StoryTime
10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 28; Andersen Horticultural Library.
Join us on the last Friday of each month for story time in the Andersen Horticultural Library. We’ll celebrate plants and nature and foster a love for books and reading as we explore the library's vast catalog of children’s books.

Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library Book Sale
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23-25; MacMillan Auditorium.
Shop for used books, CDs and DVDs in a wide variety of subjects. This sale, organized by the Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library, typically raises between $10,000-$12,000 for the library.

Capturing Colors: 5th Annual Flora and Fauna Illustrata Exhibition
Through Feb. 28, 2023; Skyway Gallery
This year's Flora and Fauna Illustrata Exhibition features scientifically-accurate, brightly-colored artwork by local artists depicting flowers, fruits, insects and other organisms living at the Arboretum. You'll be tickled pink by this beautiful array of colors.

The Art of Tiny Things
Through Feb. 28, 2023; Andersen Horticultural Library
Celebrate the tiny things in life! Explore miniature books, as well as art from the Andersen Horticultural Library's collection featuring tiny organisms that are often overlooked, including moss, fungi, lichen, insects and more.

Library Hours

March-October
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday

Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays

November-February
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays

Location

The Andersen Horticultural Library is located in the Snyder Building. Entrance to the library is included with Arboretum gate admission and reservations.

Flora & Fauna Illustrata

The Andersen Horticultural Library is looking for artists to create scientifically accurate fine art for our Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection. This “hundred-year project” aims to document all the plant and animal species that make the Arboretum their home. The library permanently archives the art and facilitates periodic FFI exhibitions. The collection provides a regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment.

Library Coloring Pages

We’ve turned images from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI), rare book and seed packet collections into coloring pages. Help us celebrate these wonderful collections by adding your own artistic touch.

Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library

Join our Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library to attend interesting talks on a variety of subjects, receive invitations to special events and meet others interested in supporting this very special place.