Located in the heart of San Diego County, just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the foothills of the Cuyamaca mountains, Backcountry Gardens enjoys a generally mild Mediterranean climate. Cool nights and warm days with average rainfall of about 15 inches a year.
The area has very diverse terrain allowing it to host a wide range of wildlife. Large rock outcroppings, a seasonal blue granite spring, a wide expanse of native chaparral, and over 100 oak trees -- area all very important for plant and wildlife support. An ancient olive grove and remnants of an old olive mill remain as an indicator of early human inhabitants on the grounds.
A very small portion of the grounds (less than 5%) is being cultivated for vegatables and cut flowers with a focus on drought tolerant varieties from California and similar Mediterranean climates. The remaining acreage is reserved for the plants and wildlife.
For that reason, we are not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of our inhabitants and contact us if you wish to visit.
Here's a peak at some of the habitats and the inhabitants of the grounds
Cut Flower Garden Gallery
Here's a look at some of our cut flower gardens. Many of these gardens have recently been established and are starting to take shape.