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.

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.