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, July 29

Coronado 1930's Garden Revision - Some Early 'After' Photos - More Design Work - More Additions to Come in the New Year

'After cleanup' photos.  Note: Two specimen size Euhporbia ammak 'Variegata' were planted on either side of the front door.  This created an 'announcement' to the home's entrance and to the focal pt. & particular view of the garden.  The existing landscape plant material -Yucca, Agave attenuata, Aloe distans, etc.-  were trimmed, some even removed completely from the landscape, then each plant was thoroughly cleaned before being replanted in newly installed soil and in locations that complimented the overall garden design.



One of the 'Before' photos of the front area...tons of work to do here.




An 'After' photo of the same front area.  The work in this area included pruning of several 65+ year old Opuntias.  All of them were acknowledged for their beauty and elegance and became 'living sculptures' through the pruning of master landscape designer, Michael Buckner, The Plant Man.  

Once all the overgrown plant material was removed, 13 yds. of soil were trucked in to create the mounding for this specific front area in the garden'.  This is where the east and west sides of the garden meet to create this 'point of the triangle' of land that both garden and home occupy.  From this area the following existing plants were removed, cleaned and replanted: Aloe distans, Aeonium, Aloe striata, Agave, & Yucca.  The boulders on site were moved to more desirable locations.  25 additional boulders will be craned in with Tuesday's delivery. The Agave americana (shown in 'Before' image) was moved to a more desirable location...visible in future photos..




The image below is a 'before' photo of the thick, dense plant material on the south facing side of the house...tons of 'revision work' ahead....
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'After' cleanup (grubbing), soil addition, boulder movement, sculpting Yucca, and replanting of  the newly cleaned Aloe distans.



The following group of photos are some of the 'before' images.  And I've included some of the 'work in progress'....while the new boulders were being installed.

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Before....literally hundreds of Aloe distans and tons of very old iceplant...



The chimney before - later a Euphorbia amak 'Variegata' was planted in front of the chimney, which cast a very cool shadow in the setting sunlight.



Work in progress...visible: the rock quarry's 40 ft. crane's steel bucket (claw) and the guys installing new boulders.



More of the same.....



....watching the crane operator work his 'magic' with the boulders.


Another 'after' image...this is the north facing side of the house, note the shadows cast on the house in the setting sun.



Front door after cleanup & the addition of the 2 Euphorbia amak 'Variegata' . 



Long view of south side of house, after cleanup and installation of the flagstone and boulevard gardens.



Work in progress...the crew is working to position new boulder, while the 40 ft. crane claw helps to maneuver it into place.



Additional boulders....note the addtion of the new Agave parryi, and Golden Barrel Cactus.  Not very many new plants were adding during this phase....Remember this is only the cleanup phase of the 'landscape revision'.  A few plants were added to fill some of the larger areas that became vacant with removal of old iceplant, etc.



Look at theses beautiful trunks.  The uniques shapes of some of these 65+ year old plants - their underlying architectural structures - were revealed and promoted through the pruning and 're-designing process'.  Collaborating with Michael Buckner and his knowledgeable landscape crew during this project has been terrific - all around excellent work - and the homeowner/clients couldn't be happier with the results! 
Note: Check out Michael's flickr photostream address: plantmanbuckner's photostream

Friday, July 6

Some 'Before' Images of One of My 'Revision Project' for a 1930's Cactus & Succulent Garden

I've been very busy on new landscape design projects, and will share some of those soon.  In the meantime, here's a collection of photos from a cactus and succulent garden that is currently in 'the works' for some extensive 'revision design work'.  Naturally, a priority for the design work is to keep and maintain as much of the original plant material as possible.

'Before' photos....
The 'after' images should prove to be very exciting, giving a visual reading of how much 'beauty and life' this cactus and succulent garden, installed in the late 1930's, has yet to offer.  The 'landscape revision project' will be attended to by people who love these particular plants, and who appreciate the context in which they were originally established and will continue to grow.


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