Throughout the different areas of Fresno, this city really has it all. Many can agree that we are surrounded with rich agricultural resources, hot nightlife spots, and diverse shopping experiences. What about a chance to enjoy a beautiful landscape? Well, we have that too. These special hideaway gardens in town don’t call for a packed suitcase or a long drive, just a need for a change of scenery and time away from the busy city.
FORESTIERE UNDERGROUND GARDENS
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When we say hideaway gardens, we really mean it on this one. This network of underground rooms, courtyards, and passageways named after Baldassare Forestiere is engulfed with trees, vines, and all other greenery that are up to 90 years old. The detailed and thoroughly planned Ancient Roman Architecture was constructed by hand in the early 1900’s by Forestiere himself.
The rich history behind the gardens is what makes this special spot such an essential attraction to Fresno locals and tourists as it holds its ranking of #916 among all California landmarks. Both the conservation of the garden and enjoyment of guests are top priorities so access is granted by guided tours only. The Forestiere is without a doubt a scenic dream that is a beautiful experience for everyone.
5021 W SHAW AVE FRESNO CA 93722
SHINZEN FRIENDSHIP GARDEN
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This secret garden is tucked away inside of one of Fresno’s most adored spots known as Woodward Park. The Shinzen Garden is known for its collection of over 100 bonsai trees that make up this incredible “living museum.” The curvy pathways, still waters, and flourishing trees are brimming with rich culture and unforgettable history. Ralph Woodward helped establish the development of the garden in 1967. The vision came to life and continues on thanks to the Fresno community.
Today, we witness the Shinzen Garden offers educational opportunities such as workshops in aesthetic pruning, classes in the art and culture of Japan, as well as school tours. Not to mention the venue for several festivals including the Fall Festival, Spring Blossom Festival, and the Toro Nagashi Lantern Event. Private events are welcomed based on reservations made in advance. The five acre garden can be accessed through self-guided or docent led tours. Shinzen Friendship Garden is the ideal getaway to find peacefulness, education, and renewal right in the heart of North Fresno.
114 W AUDUBON DRIVE FRESNO CA 93720
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Located on Van Ness Boulevard, Gazebo Gardens is not your typical nursery but one of the most versatile and lively spots in Fresno. By day, landscape experts care for the vibrant roses, succulents, and all other greenery that covers the nursery and found throughout other places in the city.
The small coffee nook, known as Cafe Van Ness, offers locals delicious coffee and morning treats conveniently attached to the garden (Mon-Fri 7am-2pm, Sat-Sun 8am-2pm). Upon entering, you’ll find a versatile selection of plants and flowers surrounding you.
By night, the gardens transform into the perfect getaway for food, beer, and music lovers (Thur-Sat 8:30am-9pm). Tailored for the older crowd as well as families, Gazebo Gardens has something for everyone. You’ll find two bars onsite and countless food trucks serving all of Fresno’s favorite cuisine and locally brewed beer. After 95 years, Gazebo Gardens has been all about the Fresno community and would love for you to join in on the fun.
3204 N VAN NESS BLVD FRESNO CA 93704
GARDEN OF THE SUN
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Along with beautiful scenery, Garden of the Sun offers an incredible orchard of fruit trees, vines, and berries, but it doesn’t stop there. Landscape designer Robert Truxell wanted to include signature features in the garden to support the community through education. In the garden you’ll find beds of vegetables, herbs, and perennials. Space gardening and compost demonstrations are available onsite along with a special garden for children and guests with physical disabilities.
The Garden Discovery program is a wonderful educational experience for students of all ages to receive a detailed tour of the grounds. An exciting extension of the garden is the Deutsch Cactus Garden which is 85 years old, and still counting.
This area showcases over 250 types of cactus and succulents. The operation of the garden is sustained by local funding and the support of UC Master Gardeners who carry out extended research and educational programs in horticulture everyday. Entry to this local treasure is free, and tours are available upon request. Visiting the Garden of the Sun will put Fresno in a whole different light.
1750 N WINERY FRESNO CA 93703
CLOVIS BONTANICAL GARDEN
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Inspiration. Conservation. Education. Clovis Botanical Gardens offers three acres of vibrant landscape that thrive in the hot summers and cool winters of the Central Valley. Since 1995, the importance of water conservation is translated through the educational value of this demonstration garden.
Membership programs, local events, and donations are what keep guests coming back. Hardworking volunteers ensure that guests will leave with a smile, whether it be through group tours or simply passing by guests on the pathways. The Clovis Botanical Gardens is a must see for all ages..
3145 N BLACKSTONE AVE FRESNO CA 93703