Where Is The Fig Garden Area Of Fresno?

Fig Garden is where exactly?

I have been wanting to do a series of posts about the areas and districts of Fresno for probably 14 years now. It’s about time I get started.

I’ll start with my area: Fig Garden/Bullard/NW Fresno.

I live near Bullard High so I often refer to it (to those that ask) as the “Bullard Area.”

Am I in Fig Garden? Yes. Am I in NW Fresno? Yes. But within those two, I am in Bullard. Hey, Instagram recognizes it in their location option, so why not?

But who the hell am I to say? So I put it out there to Fresno Twitter:

Obviously in NW Fresno. Maybe in Bullard. Definitely in (with Fresno Twitter’s backing) Fig Garden.

Me too. I never say Fig Garden either, as accurate as it may be.

Where Does Fig Garden End?

Well, to the East is easy: Blackstone. To the South: Shaw. To the North: the SJR. But where is the Western border?

Ok so things start becoming just NW Fresno at some point. But the border is?

My first thought is Marks. But I have seen some maps that have Fig Garden centered at Bullard and Valentine. So we should pick something different.

The Loop. The FIG GARDEN loop. You live East of The Loop (Fig Garden Drive to Shaw), you are Fig Garden. West? You are another thing. Then use Brawley up to Locust as a border to the North.

There we are. Fig Garden broadly defined. Maybe I will start saying I live in Fig Garden now?

I still want to work on the little districts within NW Fresno and then build out the rest of Fresno. But we have a start here.

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3 thoughts on “Where Is The Fig Garden Area Of Fresno?”

  1. Because we live just around the corner from Figarden Elementary, I have always said we live in Fig Garden. When we moved here in 1980, the little community of Figarden still existed down the road on Bullard, just east of the railroad tracks. And there were still fig orchards around us.

    1. I went to Fig Garden Elm for a little bit and it was still mostly figs there. Do you remember what businesses were on Bullard that made up the Fig Garden community still?

  2. While Twitter and other social media may tag the area as “Fig Garden” technically speaking, Fig Garden runs from Palm to Maroa, Shaw to Shields. The only reason the NW area is referred to as Fig Garden is a result of Bonadelle Homes mapping the entire northwest area for subdivision development back in the 1970s and 1980s and marketing it as “New Fig Garden”.

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