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An enchanting look underground at Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno

Story and photos by Lois Henry
Friday, Mar 28 2014 01:38 AM

I can't believe I grew up in Fresno and never went to the Forestiere Underground Gardens until recently. It's really an amazing place that is a must-see for all valley residents. It's a short drive up Highway 99 and then less than a quarter mile east on Shaw Avenue.

I remember driving by it when I was in college and thinking, "Hmm, wonder what that is?" What a dope I was for not letting my curiosity get the better of me.

Oh well, better late than never. I suppose I thought the underground gardens would be kind of kooky. The legacy of an eccentric.

No way. Baldassare Forestiere wasn't an eccentric. He was a visionary who I think we can still learn from today. He came to the United States from Italy in 1902 with nothing and made his way to...

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