Hello! This is where we will share photos of some of our landscape design projects located throughout California. Deeter Buckner Design LLC and The Plant Man are based in San Diego, CA.

Our design/build team consists of Michael Buckner, aka The Plant Man, Jenise (Deeter) Buckner, and Conrad Scouton, our hardscape specialist, general contractor and builder (of whatever you need, newly built or remodeled). License #946212.

Design Phases: Consultation, Site Plan, Concept Plan, Installation and Build.

Our design work enhances the outdoor living space by promoting unique, expressive, drought tolerant and sustainable landscapes. The landscape designs reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive. Our objective is to bring 'Nature' into the design, to include the natural qualities inherent to Southern California and it’s ‘micro climates’- its native rocks, its changing elevations, the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments.

· Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. His design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines and newspapers.

· Michael is a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare and exotic plant materials, a sought after speaker, an avid student of natural history, and a bibliophile.

· Jenise (Deeter) Buckner holds degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Fine Art (MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing and black & white photography at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree.

Thursday, January 18

Instagram Accounts Info & Some Photos of Projects: Past and the Present

For both pure entertainment and botanical education, view our instagram accounts:

  • deeterbucknerdesign
  • theplantmanbuckner
We would also recommend, that you check out the Instagram accounts of the following:
  • cactussucculentsocietyamerica
  • gardendesignmag
  • cactusandsucculents
  • debralbaldwin
  • cactusmag

The Plant Man Buckner

Past and Present Projects:

Here's a few quick pics of our most recent landscape design project located in Mission Hills.  Just installed!

Pics of us for fun....more to come....

Huntington Botanical Garden - 2017

Michael hiking above Anza-Borrego.  Yay hiking!!

'Designing With Succulents' 2nd Edition, 10th Anniversary, Book Release Announcement!!

'Designing With Succulents' (2nd Edition).author & garden photographer, Debra Lee Baldwin.

Here's a link to Debra's website page: my Books page and a link to her book: Designing with Succulents (2nd ed)
We are pleased to announce that we are 'the most featured designers' and installers of succulent landscapes in Debra Lee Baldwin's 10th Anniversary, 2nd Edition, of Debra's extremely successful book titled 'Designing with Succulents'!!!  

This Timber Press book has been entirely redone from the original book, which is also titled, 'Designing with Succulents, 2007, 1st Edition.  Both books should be on everyone's library shelf, and certainly every gardeners library shelf!!We were also the 'the most featured designers' in the original, 1st Edition of Debra Lee Baldwin's 'Designing with Succulents', Timber Press, 2007.

This new revised 2nd edition of Debra Lee Baldwin's book features ten+ of our gardens - with more than 30 color photos.  Look for our body of landscape design & artwork, associated with our individual clients, as they are published on the following pages:
  • Tina Back, SD, CA, pages: 66, top right; 203, left.
  • Louisa Campagna, SD, CA, page: 77, right.
  • Chris & Robert Moore, La Jolla, CA, pages: 76 & 199, top.
  • Phyllis & Bill Munster, Pt. Loma, CA, pages: 171, bottom; 240 & 241.
  • Nancy Peckham, Pt. Loma, CA, pages: 43, right; 83, left; 97; 173, right; 225, left.
  • Blossom & George Sanger, Coronado, CA, pages: 45, left & 58, right.
  • Carolyn & Herb Schaer, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, pages: 169, right; 189, lower right; 47; & 214, right.
  • Bette Sherman, Coronado, CA, pages: 49, left; 57, bottom left; 79, right.
  • H. Warren Buckner Cactus & Succulent Garden, Water Conservation Garden, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA, pages: 70 & 195, right.
  • Lila & Grant Yee, SD, Mission Hills, CA, pages: 52, left & 214, left.
  • Larry Nichols, Orange County, CA, page: 74.
Note:  Debra Lee has recently added a new page to her website, called:  The Designing with Succulents Resource List, which includes our company as a source for landscape design and install.

Thank you Debra Lee Baldwin.  We look forward to seeing more of your work and your articles in local and national garden magazines and newspapers

Sunday, October 15

New Website Coming Very Soon!! The Plant Man San Diego.

Look for a new website coming soon for us under the name The Plant Man San Diego. Yes, it's a bit of a name change, but we're still dba Deeter Buckner Design LLC, and more importantly we've added a new member to our team!

In the meantime, you can contact Michael at: 619-980-5483 (cell w/text & vm). Or Jenise at: 858-353-6369 (cell w/text & vm).

Michael and Jenise are excited about adding a new member to our company. We've added Conrad, a general contractor, an expert in hardscape design and in construction of outdoor living spaces i.e. concrete, pavers, flagstone pathways, patios, pergolas, etc.

For years, Conrad was the head supervisor, general contractor for a custom homebuilder in La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Santa Fe areas.

His experience includes hardscape, concrete, pergolas, all types of exterior buildings, and all forms of detail oriented construction, including carpentry. Conrad brings a creative and determined, ethical work experience to our team, and an education and degree in finance.

We know we're fortunate to have him!

Monday, August 28

The Marlborough Drive Garden - Kensington, SD, CA. This garden is featured in the newly published 10th year anniversary issue of 'Designing With Succulents', by Debrah Lee Baldwin!

This design flows with color and texture.  It's a lovely example of the kind of 'magic' that results when we hand-choose and hand-set, colorful cobble, ledgestone, and rocks with a beautiful design palette of sustainable succulents, cacti, and trees.  This is a 'head-turning' drought tolerant, sustainable landscape, that is the most 'photographed garden in Kensington' according to the owner.  And will be included in a future article, featuring Michael Buckner, in 'Garden Design' magazine.

Who says, "drought tolerant, water wise and sustainable gardens, have to be drab looking, or have the 'Palm Springs Look' of chipped rock/top dressing throughout?" 

We say, "look again, at what can be done!"  To think this was once a flat lawn with a traditional straight, concrete sidewalk running through it. No more!!

This still is a small front yard, that we made look large, and added privacy and high focals, for the client.

Tuesday, January 10

Hello 2017!! Recent Gardens With a View of the Sea - from La Jolla to Pt Loma

Here's a series of photos taken of a landscape design project located in the hills above Pt. Loma.  Just installed, a delightful, work in progress.
More photos to come:  Before & After pics...soon.

Where we love to be....in Nature.

A second set of photos of a landscape design project located in La Jolla above the Wind & Sea.  
Just installed Fall 2016.

Check out a new plant introduction of 
Philodendron xanadu 'Variegata' 
in this intimate, shaded corner in La Jolla.

'Art in the Garden'.

A destination garden...

Nuchu Dolls...amazingly beautiful - spiritual & mysterious!!
Kuna Indian wood carvings.

Bob Sinclair's metal 'Flower Sculpture' & 'Metal Containers'.
We filled with succulents.  
They 'all' speak for themselves...cool

Where Michael loves to be 'in Nature'....surrounded by RUST!! ...entropy rules in the desert.

Tuesday, October 18

People trying to contact Michael Buckner the Plant Man.

Here's Michael's email: theplantmanbuckner@gmail.com

Photos of current projects to come soon.  Check back later this week for pics of new project in La Jolla and another located on the hill overlooking Pt. Loma.

Jenise & Michael

Monday, May 16

Finally! Catching Up!! Look for New Posts of Fabulous Landscapes From the Past Year!!

Just for fun, here's a few images of our landscapes (2015 & 2016) gardens located in Southern California, from Hermosa Beach to Coronado Is. (Many as yet un-doctored images).

We're going to work on doing an expose of 'before' and 'after' images from some of our landscape garden designs.  Is it always a pleasure for us to see just how quickly these gardens mature. Coming Soon!!

Some of our Awards:
  • Two Blue Ribbon Front Garden Landscapes - Cornado Flower Show (2105 2016)
  • One Top Ten Landscapes - Coronado Flower Show (2013 & 2016)
  • City of San Diego Top Drought Tolerant Landscape - Carmel Valley area (2016)
  • Look for our landscape design in Coronado being featured in the July 2016 issue of SD Home & Garden Magazine, article by Mary James.  
Judging News:
  • We will once again be judging the landscapes and the succulent gardens this year at the Del Mar County Fair.  
  • We recently judged 'the cactus & succulent specimens' exhibited at the 2016 Coronado Flower Show.  
  • Michael has been a judge at the Coronado Flower Show for several years.
  • Michael always looks forward to judging the Cactus & Succulent Society of America shows at the Huntington Botanical Garden, in July of each year.  
  • Michael has been a certified national judge since 1972, and has judged over 200 national flower shows.

Monday, June 9

New Photos of A Stunning Mature Garden in Rancho Santa Fe

This brilliant, mature garden in Rancho Santa Fe was originally designed and installed by Michael and his team some years back.  We recently returned to do one of our magical 'clean ups' in preparation for putting the home on the market.  And as it turns out, the home owners have already received and accepted an offer on the residence!  It certainly proves the point we like to share with our clients "the landscape sells the home"!  

So good to be back to work on the blog!  We've been so bussssyyy, just finished the San Diego Cactus and Succulent annual show...lots of blue ribbons, trophies and sales of plant material over this past weekend.  If you haven't been to a show  before, make sure you go on line and check out the calendar of events for new shows in southern California (Cactus & Succulent clubs exist all over the state).  The show in L.A. at the Huntington is amazing and not that far off.