• Forestiere Underground Gardens - Fresno, California

      Forestiere Underground Gardens
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Baldassare Forestiere immigrated to Fresno from Sicily in 1901 to become a citrus farmer. When his land turned out to be loaded with a rock called hardpan, he didn't let that stop him. Over a period of 40 years, he excavated a huge labyrinth of grottoes, constructing an underground fortress from rock and recycled materials. And he did indeed grow citrus trees. Today, five acres at the heart of his original 80-acre compound is preserved much the way he left it, and is open for guided tours. You'll marvel at the vision, perseverance and ingenuity of Forestiere as you see where he slept, cooked, worshiped in his own chapel, and even entertained guests. Many of his original furnishings, including his bathtub, are still in place. And the trees he planted still bear fruit. In June 1999, RoadTrip America visited the garden and met with the family. Photos of that first visit and a short article can be found in the 3rd link down below.

      If you go:
      Open Wednesday through Sunday, except during the winter, with tours from 10 to 4. May close in rainy weather, so call ahead. Street parking only.


      5021 West Shaw Avenue
      Fresno, California 93722 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Forestiere Underground Gardens
      +1 (559) 271-0734