The Grounds

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, 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 -- 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 is being cultivated for vegetables and cut flowers with a focus on drought tolerant varieties from California and similar Mediterranean climates.  The remaining acreage is reserved for native plants and wildlife.  

Please note that we are not open to the public at this time.   Instead, we hope you enjoy our virtual tour below. 

Lichens
The Preservering Oak
Willy the Weasel
Old Olive mill
Great White Egret
Reflecting Pond
Red-Tailed Hawk n Chicks
Native Yucca
Waterfall in Winter
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Cut Flower Gardens

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.