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, January 22

My Current Must Reads

  • The book Last Child in the Woods introduces its readers to the world in the present, a present in which we are experiencing a modern, fundamental disconnect with nature. This distancing from an unstructured experience with nature, is creating critical issues for our children.  And it up to us, Richard Louv says, to save "our children from nature-deficit disorder" by finding ways to bring back the 'Nature' of open-spaces,  where a child's imagination matches the freedom they can experience there.


  • My childhood was spent growing up on the great plains of North Dakota, where I knew the joy of experiencing freedom in the wild outdoors.  My father brought me a golden palomino 'Nokota' horse when I was just 7 years old.  The horse and I grew up together, and we would race across the great plains for an entire day at a time with no fences to stop us.  I agree with Richard Louv that we need to take a stand and find a new way of doing things (developers, city planning, designers, etc.) to ensure the health of our children, ourselves, and our planet.
  • After enjoying Nature in the great outdoors, our bodies and minds are just better. When I have a problem to solve (artistic or otherwise) my favorite place to go is out into Nature.  Whether walking along the beach in So. Cal., or through one of our desert canyons, just being with Nature feeds creative problem solving and physical well being - what could be better?  The author's message reminds us that we should make doing so a priority, and to invite others along whenever possible.
  • I thought about the workshops I host at a local nursery (creating container gardens, teaching plant care, living frames, etc.) and how these classes are an opportunity to experience Nature on some level.  Granted it is a 'constructed environment' in which the classes are held, and it's certainly not a 'wild' experience (tho. the succulents we use are quite wild looking).  We are all playing with Nature during the workshops & we do have a direct experience with the soil and the living plants.  An experience like this could help to remind us how much we enjoy the land, the soil, and living things - voila.  Who knows where this might lead? 
  • And in the 2nd book, The Nature Principle, Richar Louv points out that adults suffer from 'it' too.  Of course we do!  I agree with the message in both books, it's importance to us, no matter our age, career, etc.  The message seems so obvious, but when have we really sat down and considered what it means?  

My love of nature has taught me this - the more often you find ways to be with Nature, the more likely you are to end up making the experience inseparable from the way you live your life.  It just feels right, and so it is.

Saturday, January 21

Color in the Landscape With Low Water Usage

  • Look at these colors together.  The opuntia on the left is one of my favorites.  It will bloom in the spring (pink), and also setting flowers in the spring will be the elegant Dyckia (red orange), and the Palo Verde 'Desert Museum' (yellow) in the background.

  • Here's another very statuesque opuntia (different variety of course) below.  This opuntia can be found (native) at Torrey Pines Preserve.  Love the single tree-like shaped opuntia with the small pond beneath.  Water for the wild critters and birds of Torrey Pines.  Very sweet.  I really love hiking through this park...the desert and the ocean, that's where we live.  It's just sick it's so beautiful here.



A must have for any rock garden - the Aloe cameronii.  First, let it grow to the size you want it to be, and then intentionally reduce the water.  

Thursday, January 19

The New Year!

Hi all,  Well the holidays are behind us, and for me, so is a nasty flu/cold thingie! Yeah! 
  • Note:  all images are copyrighted by Jenise Deeter and are therefore protected from any use at all without permission.

NATURE - where we live, coastal garden


Where we live!! Nature

Water Conservation Garden - NATURE - Where we live!

This could be your cactus succulent rock garden landscape.....love that my shadow is in this photo image.  It was that time of the day when the reds and blue greens are just brilliant!


One of my models of the Urban Park for downtown San Diego







One of my current 'must read's more on this later...