Library

The HCP Library has a collection of over 2,500 volumes on a wide variety of horticultural topics, including all aspects of gardens and gardening such as design, history, local, seasonal, organic and specific kinds of plants.

We are located in the lovely former caretakers’ cottage, tucked away just past the Charlotte and the Quail restaurant.
The library was started in 1989. Stay tuned for our 33rd birthday celebration news!

Hours and Borrowing

The HCP Library welcomes all visitors. We are open Thursdays and Saturdays 10am to 1pm for the public, and Wednesdays 10am to 1pm for garden volunteers and Pacific Horticulture College students.

HCP members are welcome to borrow materials free for 3 weeks. Garden visitors are welcome to browse. Find out about HCP membership.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Please avoid entering the library if you are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms or are feeling sick.
  • Masks are required. Masks are for sale at the Front Office if you do not have one.
  • One person or family permitted at a time as we have a small space.
  • Please sanitize your hands when you enter the building.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 ft or 2m (2 arms lengths).

For anyone who is unable to meet the above guidelines, library staff will make every effort to assist using email and Porch Pick-up.

Online Catalogue

The HCP Library online catalogue is available 24/7 for browsing our entire book collection.

Features include search, advanced search, popular topics, tags, email and lists. Results lists can be resorted. Social media links allow you to share titles on your favourite platforms. Email us easily about any title using the blue “Ask About This” button with questions or to place a hold.

Books for Sale

The HCP Library has a number of used horticultural books for sale listed on Excel spreadsheets By Title and By Subject. Proceeds go toward buying new library materials. Sales are with cash only please.

Download Books For Sale by Subject
Download Books For Sale by Title

Book Donations

We greatly appreciate the support we have received from our community over the years. From time to time the HCP Library can accept book donations. Contact us first at [email protected] for more information.

Suggest a Book

Is there a horticultural book of note you would like us to carry? Let us know at [email protected]. Please include as much information as possible (title, author, publisher, date).

Book Reviews

New Titles

Online Resources