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.

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.

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