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.

Thursday, April 19

New 'living frames' built by Conrad



My son Conrad & custom furniture builder, and my guy to go to for vertical garden frames.

I drove up to my son's place in Redondo Beach to pick up the 'Vertical Garden' he made for me.  
He's a mad surfer, so naturally he lives on the beach, an avid sportsman, Nature lover, and health enthusiast.  Yesss.
He also makes awesome custom furniture!!  I'll post some picture of his work soon!



Monday, April 9

A Brilliant 'Work in Progress....Orange Coast Community College's New Cactus & Succulent Garden

Check out this extraordinary new cactus and succulent garden that Joe Stead (Horticulture Dept. @Orange Coast C.C.) & Michael Buckner (The Plant Man, of Old Town) are installing on the Orange Coast Community College campus.  

I can't get enough of this type of garden!  Much to say, but for now I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Michael Buckner


Joe Stead & Michael Buckner discussing the new plants to come...


Not only will this be a stunning example of how uniquely beautiful a cactus and succulent garden can be...but it will also serve as a 'teaching tool' for Joe Stead and the students who attend his classes in horticulture. 
The plants are being installed in 3 distinct planting areas as follows:
  • one, South African plant varieties 
  • the second, Madagascar varieties 
  • and the third, plant varieties from the Americas.  


I took these photos last week. High noon is not the best time to shoot color photos...imagine the colors in early am, or later in the day...richer, bolder, deep reds, bronzes, golds and purples.  No matter the time of day, it's obvious the work so far is amazing...a 'brilliant work in progress'.



This entire area (adjacent to the Chemistry Building) used to be one big 'patch' of Algerian Ivy...well no longer.

















I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see the earliest stages of this new, prominent garden.  While all of the main structures are in - and the largest of the main plants have been installed - more terrific 'living elements' will follow.  And that's reason enough for me to look forward to making another trip to Orange Coast College later this summer/fall.