There’s nothing quite like being in a garden, with endless varieties of flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables on view to enjoy. With the Central Californian sun shining on your shoulders, Fresno’s gardens are just waiting for you to enjoy them.
The Shinzen Japanese Garden is a taste of Japan in Central California. Featuring man-made mountains, waterfalls, streams and a lake, all in classic Japanese style, the garden makes a peaceful and elegant place to spend an afternoon. Lush and exceptionally photogenic, this garden was designed to be strolled through and enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The arched stone bridge resting over the koi pond might just be our favourite spot in Fresno.
Found in the grounds of Fresno’s California State University, the arboretum and Peace Garden have been providing students with an escape from the stresses of studying for years – and they’re here to help you relax too. With more than 100 species of tree planted on the campus, the arboretum is impressive to behold. The Peace Garden has statutes of famous who represent peace, ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr and Jane Addams. It’s designed to inspire peace in those who visit.
These might not be the grandest gardens in the city, but they go a long way to making daily life in Fresno more enjoyable. This series of small gardens scattered around the city of Fresno feature plants, trees and shrubs in a way that makes the streets greener and brighter. Some of the gardens include one on the Waterwise Commercial Demonstration, one on the Xeriscape Demonstration Median Island and one on the Waterwise Residential Demonstration. It’s a perfect excuse to stop and smell the flowers as you walk around the city.
The beautiful Garden of the Sun is run by University of California gardening students. It’s made up of an extensive fruit orchard, vegetable beds, herbs, perennials and flowers, as well as specialty gardens for children and the physically challenged. With a compost demonstration area in a setting designed by landscape architect Robert Truxell and regular small-space gardening demonstrations, you’ll learn something to bring home to your own patch of earth.
Not a garden as such but no less desirable for it, the Fresno County Blossom Trail is a well-beaten path you can drive around in tree blossom season (February to March, depending on the weather). A panorama of fruit orchards are visible, with almond, plum, apricot, apple, citrus, peach and nectarine blossoming for you to enjoy. Seasonal attractions show the agricultural history of the area, as well as fun such as local wine tasting and ice cream for sale.