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.

Monday, November 12

The Latest 'Sustainable' Design Work

Both of the following designs represent environmentally friendly landscape makeovers: the removal of the original grass turf to be replaced with modern, sustainable designs that feature the combination of some dynamic sustainable materials - flagstone, tile, d.g. planting mounds, 'water-wise' plant material, etc.  I couldn't be happier....

This unique San Diego residence built in the 1940's, is currently owned by an individual who wanted to replace the existing landscape plant material with a healthy 'water-wise' landscape design.  Topping the list of immediate changes to the landscape is the removal of the original turf grass and replacing the existing irrigation system with smart controllers and micro-irrgation. The 'landscape makeover' is meant to meet the City's cash-back rebate program requirements, while providing the owner with an original, sustainable and modern design.  In creating the desired aesthetic the Concept Plan includes:  gracefully designed flagstone paths - which provide an increased 'physical intimacy' for the homeowner - and D.G. covered planting area mounds designed to promote and display selective plant materials that are uniquely beautiful and 'water-wise'.

I so enjoyed being asked to create a Concept Plan for the inner Courtyard of this gorgeous residence built in the 1930's on Coronado.  The homeowners wanted to remove all of the existing turf, and I suggested they replace it with a collection of beautiful, large pieces of flagstone.  They wanted a minimum amount of planting  throughout the open flagstone area, just enough to provide a sense of light-filled, breezy and cool ambience for dining and beauty.   I chose to include only 3 new planting areas in a serpentine movement across this open area.  I chose plant material that would both provide the desired aesthetic and be happy growing in Coronado & provide healthy, 'long term easy maintenance' for the homeowners.

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