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. We can be reached by phone (text or v.m.) at: Michael Cell: 619-980-5483, or Jenise Cell: 858-353-6369 (text or v.mail).

Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. Working as 'The Plant Man', and dba 'Deeter Buckner Design LLC', his design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines.

Michael's also a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare & exotic plant material, 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 (A.S. Landscape Architecture & MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing/mixed-media and black & white photography courses at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree. She has over 10 years of nursery experience and has been working with Michael for over 5 years.

As a design team, they collaborate on all phases of the creative processes, which eventually translate into the formal blueprint of the design, or Concept Plan, drawn by Jenise.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive - to find ways to bring 'Nature' into the design. And in doing so, embrace those qualities inherent to Southern California, its native rocks, its changing elevations, its micro climates - the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments - while making creative use in the landscape design, of the varieties of native plant material and unique cacti and succulents that thrive here.

Our team's design work promotes unique, expressive, drought tolerant, sustainable landscapes which enhance our client’s outdoor living spaces and reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes - from the beginning consultation on site with the client, to the space’s final installation.

Monday, June 20

Let the transformation begin! Check out these Before & After Images of a front yard in east county where nothing much wanted to grow. Until.....

Wondering about removing your grass, and what the change would be like?  
Here are some selected 'before' and 'after' images of a yard that was originally flat, rectangular, and had very poor drainage.  


'Before' nothing grew in the front yard.
                 Difficult to recognize the 'before' photo of the flat front yard in this image.
           An 'after' photo: first season for the planting....this garden will fill out beautifully.   Small plants take up to 3 years to really show off, so remember that when choosing sizes.
  • MOUNDED CUSTOM-MIXED SOIL, HONEY QUARTZ ROCKS, HAND SELECTED DESERT BOULDERS LAID DOWN WITH DECORATIVE TOP DRESSING GRAVEL MULCH, PATHS CRISS-CROSSING THROUGH THE MOUNDS...AND IT'S ALREADY SO BEAUTIFUL...WORK IN PROGRESS..
  • 'Before' - Not much wanted to grow there, but all that was resolved with the installation of the right soil, boulders and gravel mulch.  
  • 'After' - Right now the owners are having a great time 'treasure hunting' for plants to include in their new garden design!



Letting the crane do some of the heavy work for us.....KRC's crane, installing beautiful gray boulder on top of ridge.


Boulders are essential elements in the 'water-wise' garden.  And don't skimp on size, because it does make a huge difference when considering scale, and aesthetic appeal.




The crane operator can move the boulders wherever you want them.





The crane operator is not only an artist he's a really nice guy to work with...cool.


EVEN NOW...LOOKING GREAT AT THIS EARLY STAGE OF PLANTING!
  • Remember the 'flat front yard'? Where nothing much would grow?
  • That is all history now. 
The transformation of the once flat and mostly 'barren' front yard is a successful 'work in progress'.

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