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.

Wednesday, May 16

Where I love to be....on the land.

An old highway in the west.  This landscape reminds me of my early childhood growing up on the Great Plains - just the land, yourself & the sky.

My old Diana camera captured this image many years ago. The camera had this wonderful 'light leak' that would show up every now and then on a negative. Chronologically this is the time period when, as a TA for a black & white photography art class, I taught film development, darkroom techniques, bleaching and toning silver gelatins prints, lighting/staging, etc.  Working with film and silver gelatin paper is pure magic.  Anyone who's spent countless hours in the darkroom learning how to 'capture the image' will certainly agree.

Original Design - Theme Design for Private Estate

Tuesday, May 15

Some Highlights From The Fabulous Pt. Loma Garden Tour.

These images came from a private estate garden in Pt. Loma - design & installation by Michael Buckner.  Extraordinary to say the least, it's an intriguing garden that draws you in to it's peaceful, creative energy.  Just a few of the photos I took that day - so easy to capture a good photo at every bend in the path.

The mosaic pieces were created by Enna.  She's an amazing mosaic artist.

Recent residential Landscape Design

A unique piece of property not that far from the ocean - yet set in a 'defined' rural locale.  Wonderful, peaceful setting.  The plant material and the hardscape will reflect this 'vision' this 'narrative' in a modern minimalist blending of both the desert and the ocean.

Modern Ranch Style 

Sunday, May 6

New Container Gardens...Mimicry Plants, Cactus, Succulents

Lapideria margaretae.  
The plants in this pot are 'mimicry plants' - their shape, size and color causes them to resemble small stones in their natural surroundings. The plants blend in among the stones as a means of protection. Grazing animals which would otherwise eat them during periods of drought to obtain moisture usually overlook them. Even experts in the field sometimes have difficulty locating plants for study because of this unusual deceptive camouflage. 

Commonly called Karoo Rose, it is a montoypic genus intended nowadays to be included in Argryoderma.  Its origin is Southern Namibia and Northern Cape in South Africa.  

Growing Conditions:
They need full bright sunlight throughout the year. They will grow strongly at any time when the weather is warm and sunny and water is available and are considered opportunistic growers. They will become dormant in very hot weather, particularly when nights stay very warm in the hottest couple of months of summer, and should hardly be watered at this time. Probably best to shade them during the hottest weather, they will be dormant anyway. They will grow strongly in autumn and also may grow in spring. They probably won't show much growth in winter but might if they are in a very sunny position.

Water during the growing season about once every one-two weeks (depending on the humidity of the air) like a cactus and then leave it to drain well and to dry out completely before watering again. If in doubt, don't water, you are very unlikely to kill it from underwatering. Anyway do not over-water as they are very greedy drinkers and split within a day or so if given too much water.

Lapideria margaretae.  It grows sunken on plains of quartz chips, in crevices, or in red sand, usually on Northeast-facing gentle hill slopes...in South Africa, of course.

The 'Rainbow' cactus is about to bloom.  It's 'crazy blossom buds' make it look rather figurative.

Wednesday, May 2

Spring Time in East County

My client emailed me that her 'new garden' was in bloom, and looking great.   Finally made it out today, under cloudy skies, to find the elegant Dyckia and the 'Santa Rita' Opuntia still in bloom in the front, while the Palo Verde 'Desert Museum' and other native plant material were also in bloom on the second mound and pathway area towards the front door.

This area is on the 2nd mound closer to the front door path, and as you can see it is filling in beautifully.  By the time fall arrives, the Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick' will have nearly doubled in size and have bloomed at least once.