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.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

The Art of Flying: Bird Images from A to Z
March 26-Aug. 12, 2022; Skyway Gallery
Stroll through a hallway full of birds. This exhibit, starting in the Skyway Gallery and ending in the Andersen Horticultural Library, showcases two stunning bird prints for each letter of the alphabet from rare books in Andersen Horticultural Library’s collection. Featuring 52 beautifully illustrated species of birds, mostly from John Gould’s seven volume masterpiece “The Birds of Asia” (1850-1883), this is a magnificent display of feathers you won’t want to miss. This multimedia exhibit is fun for the whole family, and will also feature ambient bird songs playing over speakers as you explore, general bird fun facts throughout, and some of British artist Edward Lear’s bird-related nonsense limericks and illustrations. 

Journey through Japan: Traditional Woodblock Prints
March 26-Aug. 12, 2022; Andersen Horticultural Library
Feast your eyes upon brilliant Japanese woodblock flora and fauna art from the Edo Period (1603-1868), a time in Japanese cultural and political history of relative peace and stability. This period provides the inspiration for the Arboretum’s Japanese Garden and is characterized by the innovation of artistic techniques, such as colored woodblock printing.

All prints in this exhibition are from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s rare book collection, and many are from “Honzō Zufu” (“Illustrated Manual of Medicinal Plants”), by Iwasaki Tsunemasa (1786-1842). Tsunemasa was a Japanese botanist and samurai. Although he created these prints in the early 1800s, this work was published between 1916 and 1922. Woodblock prints by prominent Japanese artists from the Shijō School of Painting in Kyoto are also featured.

Arbor Day Library Storytime
10:30 a.m. April 29; Snyder Lobby
Join us for a storytime to celebrate trees in honor of Arbor Day.

Library Storytime
10:30 a.m. May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30 and October 28.
Join us on the last Friday of each month for storytime 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.


Library Hours

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

Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays

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

Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays


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.