ABOUT THE GROUNDS
Backcountry Gardens is truly unique!
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.
THE CUT FLOWER GARDENS
Our initial season of growing cut flowers is behind us.
Their are various gardens on the property. We are exploring native plants to see which might work well as cut flowers and have already found a few promising candidates.
2019 is a ground breaking year, as our cut flower gardens are coming along nicely. Click below for the story of our cut flower gardens.