The Garden of Earthly Delights in Fresno

Joey Skee (June 02, 2008)
A Brief Visit to California’s Subterranean Marvel, Baldassare Forestiere’s “Underground Gardens.”

I attended the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s conference in Fresno early this month, in part, to visit one of the great folk environments, the “Forestiere Underground Gardens.” Listed as a California Registered Historical Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the privately owned site is an underground labyrinth of chambers carved from the San Joaquin Valley hardpan by Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere (1879-1946).