The HCP Library Collection

The HCP Library was started in 1989 and has 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 is run by volunteers.

Hours and Borrowing

The HCP Library welcomes all visitors. We are open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am to 1pm.

HCP members and volunteers, plus PHC students are welcome to borrow materials free for 3 weeks. Garden visitors are welcome to browse. Find out about HCP membership.

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.

HCP Children's Book Collection

The HCP Library is excited to announce the creation of a new children's book collection. Catering to the needs of our youngest gardeners and naturalists; families are able to select books about plants, gardens, nature, food, seeds, wildlife, pollinators, climate, water, seasons, sustainability, and the environment to take home and enjoy.

Started in October 2023, Canadian Library Month, the campaign to build this much-needed library collection published a Wish List on the HCP Library website. Donations of books and money from supporters are growing this project from an idea to a reality to support children and families of the community.  Please check out our Wish List. We thank you for your support!

We are regularly updating our collections; please use the link below to check out our most recent acquisitions.

We review a book each month for our HCP eNews;  below you will find the link to the latest reviews.

Books for Sale

The HCP Library has a number of used horticultural books for sale listed By Title and By Subject. Proceeds go toward buying new library materials. Sales are in person at the Library during Library hours

Click on the buttons below to view the list (pdf).

Online Resources - a work in progress