|What is the Forestiere Historical Center ?
"God only knows what has kept the Gardens this long. I
think if it were not for the visitors, we would not have been
able to make it this far. How can one destroy or exploit the
work this man has done? Cannot the strength and purity
of a person’s work survive in our age? Certainly we, at this
period of history, desperately need examples of man’s
simple capacity to achieve with only the mind and body
God has given us.”
May 14, 1932 - September 21, 2012
A Fresno County and
City Historical Site
Listed on the National
Register of Historic
|Forestiere Historical Center
Forestiere Underground Gardens
100 Years Old!
A multitude of stories from numerous sources has been written about the Underground Gardens since
Forestiere began his grand project in 1906. Newspaper accounts go back as far as 1923 to present times. More
recently the Forestiere Underground Gardens have been featured in The New York Times (2006), The Los
Angeles Times (2004), Sunset Magazine (1999), Home and Garden Television (HGTV), Huell Howser' s
California Gold, and Via AAA Magazine (2003). And of course, past and present local gossip has added much to
Baldassare Forestiere’s mystique.
But not all the information that has been viewed, written, or heard is accurate. The Forestiere Historical Center is
an information clearinghouse that separates fact from fiction, and preserves the historical integrity of Baldassare
Forestiere and his creation. The Ric Forestiere family continues to research the life and times of Baldassare
Forestiere as evidenced by Ric Forestiere’s trip to Sicily in 1999, where he visited his late uncle’s now-deserted
home town of Filari, in the Messina Province. His discoveries there and his remembrances of the times he spent
with his uncle are soon to be published.
The Center is also striving to produce mementos such as postcards, posters, booklets, videos, etc., since
visitors often ask for a keepsake of their visit. These items will only be available on site at the Underground
Gardens, or by request through the Center’s Web site at a later date. A modest plan for a small photo gallery and
a visitor center underground is also in the works.
The Forestiere Historical Center is independently owned and operated by Lyn Forestiere Kosewski, one of
Baldassare Forestiere’s great nieces, and the daughter of the Gardens' owner, Ric Forestiere. The Center is a
separate business entity from the Forestiere Underground Gardens, and is Lyn's contribution to the family
5021 West Shaw Avenue
Fresno, California 93722
|The Forestiere Historical Center is the authorized provider of information and
publications for the Forestiere Underground Gardens of Fresno, California,
a family-owned site for over 100 years!