Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Here, beneath the hot, arid surface of the San Joaquin Valley, Baldasare Forestiere (1879-1946) began in the early 1900's to sculpt a fantastic retreat. Excavating the hardpan by hand, he created a unique complex of underground rooms, passages and gardens which ramble throughout a ten-acre parcel. His work is being preserved as a living monument to a creative and individualistic spirit unbounded by conventionality.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 916
Plaque placed here...October 12, 1979.
Erected 1979 by California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Rick Forestiere Family. (Marker Number 916.)
Location. 36° 48.48′ N, 119° 52.898′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Shaw Avenue near Forestiere Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5021 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno CA 93722, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sierra Sky Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Christmas Tree Lane (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Charles Fremont (approx. 6.2 miles away); Fresno Memorial Auditorium Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Viva Liberation (approx. 7.1 miles away); Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Fresno Water Tower (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Forestiere Underground Gardens. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Forestiere Underground Gardens. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. Forestiere Underground Gardens - Today
The Underground Gardens are still under the care of the Forestiere family. Baldasare had no children, so the property passed to his nephews. There is now a third generation of Forestiere descendants making this national treasure available for all to see. Many British visitors are asked what they came to California to see, and often the answer will include Yosemite, Disneyland and The Underground Gardens.
— Submitted September 21, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.
Categories. • Agriculture • Environment • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,402 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.