Horticulture Library

Horticulture Library

The Barnes Foundation’s horticulture library is located at the Merion campus and is home to hundreds of reference books and guides relevant to the Foundation’s living collections and horticultural programs. Particular strengths of the collection include materials on the history of North American, Spanish, Irish, and Italian garden design; identification guides for trees and other woody plants; soil management resources; notes on climate conditions and plant requirements; information about native plants; and books covering the world’s varied regional vegetation.

Access and Hours

Materials in the horticulture library circulate to the faculty, staff, and students of the Barnes Foundation, as well as to its docents, garden guides, interns, and volunteers. The library is open to other visitors by appointment.

Learn About Plants

Want to grow your botanical knowledge? Consider enrolling in a horticulture course.


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