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, August 29

My Recent 'landscape revision design & installation' project in Kensington

Photo taken just after 'revision' work completed and after first good watering of the garden.  I'll add some 'before' & 'after' photos soon.  In the end the overall project (revision of the existing landscape and installation of new materials) created a uniquely beautiful, water-wise and sustainable front garden in Kensington.  The owners are delighted with the results as was I!




This image the reveals the new front area walkway w/ boulders installed on both sides of the path and smaller colorful rock inlaid around new & colorful Echeveria to go with the beautiful Plumeria which was already in bloom.  




Note here: a thorough watering of the new garden 'still in progress' in this early shot.  The project included re-locating many of the existing plants to more advantageous locations, installation of new boulders, colorful beach pebble stone, and decorative gravel mulch.  Plus, the trees and shrubbery were pruned to create definition and add movement and complimentary shapes to the overall composition.