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 and 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.
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).
The HCP Library is excited to announce the creation of a new children’s book collection. Catered to the needs of our youngest gardeners and naturalists, borrowers will be 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 will grow this project from an idea to a reality to support children and families of the community.