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.

Sunday, November 6

Cactus & Succulent Gardens at Their Best!

Here's a collection of terrific cactus and succulent gardens I shot one fabulous day last month with the Plant Man. The gardens were created and installed by the Plant Man.  These are excellent examples of the type of beauty, color and structural elements you can have in your water-wise, sustainable landscapes.  The above image of a garden that sits on the bay in Pt. Loma is meant to reflect the concept of a 'oceanic coral reef above ground'.

I love, love the way this pine tree was pruned to open up the branches.

The use of colorful beach pebble, gravels, and colorful succulents to create this kind of movement can be re-created for your rock garden.  Gorgeous!

Color and texture are carefully considered when creating a successful rock garden.

Mixing bromeliads with other colorful cactus/succulents and boulders - it's simply a burst of colorful textures in the end & easily maintained all year long.

Is this view just too beautiful for words?  This garden is planted right on the bay, the concept for the garden is 'a coral reef of succulents'.

I love the use of colorful, flat beach stones to create 'lines of color' which meander through the landscapes.

Saturday, November 5

Images of the location for rural park - Nature Preserve Center - Santa Ysabel

Images of Nature Reserve, Santa Ysabel.
So much beauty, and preserved as a nature reserve, it was wonderful just knowing this land is safe from development.
The amount of birds singing that day was reason enough
to want to hike this land...and the views across the valley
were indescribably breathtaking.
My next project - design the Nature Preserve Center.

Bedrock used by Native Americans to soak and grind the native Oak acorns into a 'flour'.

Our shadows over the flat grinding stone.

The Reserve includes both low open grasslands and higher
elevations of live oaks and large boulders.
Encountering a Mt. Lion in the higher elevations,
sent us all hiking to the lower grasslands in a big hurry.

Concept Drawings & Section Drawing Details

Detail - Front Entry & Covered Patio (w/elliptical shaped translucent shade covering).

Details of the design includes:  An area set aside for the Farmers Market (orange canopies), intimate seating/benches under trees, a view of paved courtyard inlaid w/elliptical grass areas wide enough to lay down on.

Detail - Section view of Water Feature, Benches, Seat Walls, Trees (3 levels shown), etc.