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July 3, 2004

Forestiere Underground Gardens - Photos

My photos of Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno
. Had to use the semi-fisheye lens for everything. If you go, take the widest angle lens you can get. The place is fascinating, comfortable, unique, and very, very quirky. Forestierre's descendants run the place, and they actively resist any McDonaldizations. You must see this place. It's underfunded and needs work. The family has been offered 2.5 million just for the land. Any sale would involve complete destruction of the underground structures. Go see it now!

It's just a scant quarter of a mile from Route 99 on the northern edge of Fresno. Their website again: www.undergroundgardens.com

UPDATE: My photos of Forestiere Underground Gardens are also available on Flickr.

Filed under California,Photography | permalink | July 3, 2004 at 02:14 PM


The link for the Underground Gardens will get you contact information. I suggest you contact them directly.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Jul 2, 2013 8:20:47 PM

I am the daughter of the man who worked for Mr. Forestire in the underground gardens and I know that there were some photo's of him and my dad I lost the one picture that I had and would like to see if there might be one of my dad with him. My dads name was Ralph Torres and he went by shorty

Posted by: Rachel Torres at Jul 2, 2013 7:24:36 PM

I remember seeing Mr. Forestiere on a tv show in the mid-sixties, and it made a big impression. Now I'm here looking for pictures to show my sons...

Posted by: Greg at Jan 11, 2009 1:57:21 PM

I watched a segment about these Gardens on History Channel last night and my wife found your site...to see the pictures, because she was sleeping...lol This is it! You did a great job of putting on display. She loves it. We own property in the mountians of NC and we are now going to try to make one of our own. Thanks again! Gary

Posted by: Gary at Nov 20, 2008 9:34:22 AM

Oh thank you for sharing these...I grew up in Fresno and I moved here to Bakersfield when I was 21 yers old, but when I lived in Fresno I want to see the gardens, My mom used to talk about seeing them when she was a little girl, and btw I am 39yrs old lol, well she talked about them all the time, and yet I had never seen them, then one day out of the blue she took me and my siblings to go see it. Its weird, you pass by the place and even when you drive up your like.."What is this? Theres nothing special about it" its looks like a few plants and mostly desert from the outside but OMG when we walked down the stairs into the underground tunnels and saw the wonderful rooms and things we were awed beyond belief, ever since then Ive been telling people about them but I think most times they think Im making it up, now I have proof!...thanks for that and for the flashback into one of my more wonderful childhood memories, which are few and far between...:-) huggles and smiles Mija aka Maryann

Posted by: Mija at Jan 13, 2008 3:28:01 PM

Always glad to help the underappreciated Fresnoites. Why'd your Montana friend ask about underground living? Maybe it was code-talk for being gay...or communist...or something else exciting.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Oct 2, 2007 11:27:54 PM

Lived in Fresno Most of My Life From 1955 at age 6 to 1994 and had an Accident in 1994 here in Montana and just today a friend asked if and ever any one lived underground and I WAS VERY PLEASED AND PROUD To show him your pictures Thanks RON!!!!!

Posted by: Tom Haugen at Oct 2, 2007 7:51:50 PM

thank you!

Posted by: pancho at May 13, 2007 11:47:28 PM

where could i get some video of the underground gardens to show my group at work to organize a tour? Crossoverkid@att.net

Posted by: at May 3, 2006 3:24:57 PM

Finally toured the Gardens yesterday.While the temperature above ground remained 102F we were cool @75F in the tunnels.Your pictures are amazing,however experiencing the tour for yourself is unparalleled. The one thing that keeps going thru my head is how this man achieved all of these enterconecting tunnels. Rich Mohr

Posted by: Rich Mohr at Jul 25, 2005 8:23:32 AM

These are wonderful pictures. I would always pass through the gardents but never, visited the garden. With me living so close and seeing how nice the pictures are, I will be visiting soon. Thanks for showing the picures of something wonderful in FRESNO.

Posted by: Leticia at Jun 4, 2005 8:46:59 PM

I feel so bad I have lived in Fresno for 41 years and have never been to see these gardens. What a shame to destroy a man's life work. I am scheduling a tour now but thank you so much for posting your pictures for all to see. I loved them.

Posted by: Rose at May 21, 2005 7:59:58 PM

Fabulous pictures. I have been looking for info on these underground gardens for some time. Now I know the family name of the builder and am finding many sites of interest

Posted by: JTraylor at Aug 20, 2004 11:37:56 AM

I am from the UK and only just heard about these amazing gardens. Cant find much info over here, but the pics on your site have made me feel like i have been lucky enough to visit. Many thanks

Posted by: Barbara at Aug 5, 2004 5:24:25 AM

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