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.
Friday, December 28
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Sunday, December 16
|Aloe dichotoma - note the hummingbird on the left.|
|Aloe dichotoma bark|
|Two Aloe dichotomas.|
|A field of Golden Barrels.|
|Mammillaria p. 'Owl's Eyes' (monkey face).|
|Mammillaria p. 'Owl Eyes' (pie shape)|
|Mammillaria p. 'Owl's Eyes' (crown/bracelet shape)|
Water-Wise Garden...Nature...where we live.
|Santa Ysabel Nature Preserve|
|Native American bedrock acorn grinding stone.|
|Landscape Architecture class...in Nature...where we live.|
|Nature...where we live.|
|Where I love to be...an old highway...Nature.|
Wednesday, November 28
I had Conrad make these recent frames with wider/deeper sides. The extra depth is referred to as 'museum quality' frames when it comes to fine art exhibition, and in this case it not only looks good, but it gives the plant roots additional space. If you're looking for something for a Xmas gift, send me an email to describe the size and the choice of plant material (succulent or bromeliad) you're looking for.
|My son, Conrad. He is mad surfer, who lives on the beach in Redondo, he makes custom furniture for fun, and makes the Vertical Garden frames for me.|
Wednesday, November 14
Here's a collection of images from the amazing & dynamic Palos Verdes Destination Garden that we finished installing this past week! I'm going to start this post with some 'before' images, then intersperse those with 'after' images from the final 2 days of installation. I'll be back to add text...work calls, so I'm out the door...ENJOY!!
|'Before' - 2nd level garden area.|
An 'after' image - a high wide angle view of this uniquely original destination garden in the hills above L.A. - poetic, inspirational, w/jewel-like areas...gorgeous, inviting.
|'Before' - 3rd level garden area...much work to come.|
I adore the 'golden barrel garden room tableau'. Note the elements added to this area since my first post: a stunning, rare piece of petrified wood (upper-right corner) and a fabulous authentic metate (mid-left).
|What's not to love? Gracefully articulated, beautifully designed garden areas, with an amazing backdrop - Southern California's picturesque skies framing an expansive view of the valley below...a destination garden with a view.|
|'Before' - 3rd level garden: musicians, an unworked garden wall, and 'the' Palos Verde tree - look for the 'after' colorful, captivating tableau designs to come...|
|The re-structuring of this garden wall and a bit of artistic acid-washing begins.|
I adore this shot...the burrow is seemingly captivated by the musician's "ability to entertainment".
This image also represents how the sum of the parts (3 separate tableaus) can equal a very creative whole (overall larger tableau setting).
|Yes!! This beautiful, older Aloe plicatilis 'rules' in this space!! (aka Fan Aloe)|
|'Before' pathway to the lower level garden path that loops past the front of the Palo Verde tree, behind the musicians, and out into the main garden areas with a view of the valley.|
|An 'after' of the same pathway - now an 'inviting visual and physical trip' to the garden below.|
|The Palos Verdes tree tableau. Naturally.|
The Euphorbia continifolia is a colorful small tree, perfect for water-wise gardens - this tree will grow to about 15' high and 5-6' wide, it's drought tolerant with a minimal root system - no fear of invasive roots here.
|The 'blue garden'. A must in the coastal hills of P.V. We are, all of us, living in a desert that borders the ocean. This garden reflects that relationship beautifully. Sweet.|
This cactus has bloomed at least 2 x since we started the installation - it's obviously quite happy with its new home.
The garden also includes some 13 original container gardens!!
This image speaks for itself...or one could say, "..to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself." Which famous male poet said that? William Blake, of course.
Do you know what type of rock this is? I hadn't seen one like it before until we did some research, made a 'search and destroy' drive to locate it, and brought it back, just for this job.
|A rare piece of petrified wood from a burned forest area in Utah, makes an original, elegant and gorgeous addition to the garden.|
|Another original in the garden - an elegant, patina-washed container - designed just for this garden. Cool.|