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.

Friday, December 28

Days 3 & 4 'Work in Progress' Water-Wise Landscape

Here's a collection of photos shot on site during days 3 and 4 of the installation process.  The focus is mainly on the shaping and installation of the flagstone paths and adding plant material to the mounds.  The installation team is made up of experienced artisans, who make it look 'so easy'...but it's not.  The essential nuances - positioning of the best choice materials: boulders, plants, ledger stone, etc., which 'create' a successful design in the end - abound at every step.  I don't know a team of installers who understands this better than this team.  The results speak for themselves...dynamic, artful and right!

























Thursday, December 20

Day 1 - A Dynamic, Original Water-Wise Design Install!

One of my water-wise succulent garden designs:  I know this is going to be a bold, dynamic, colorful and handsome design!! 

Here's a few photos of Day 1 of the install - includes planting mounds, location of rocks, flagstone, paths, etc.

Check back for more 'before' images!  Boulders are being craned in early am today, must run work calls!












Sunday, December 16

Where I Love to Be....In Nature

The first photos are a collection of images I shot during a trip to North County.  It was an excellent day to be out in nature, with a rare 'cloud show' as the backdrop to my photo images.  The final few images are some of my old favorites from trips to Nature...a portrait of me on an old highway...and some of the Santa Ysabel Nature Preserve with students from Landscape Architecture course.  Enjoy!


Aloe Tree










Aloe dichotoma - note the hummingbird on the left.







Aloe dichotoma bark







Two Aloe dichotomas.








 A field of Golden Barrels.













Mammillaria p. 'Owl's Eyes' (monkey face).






Mammillaria p. 'Owl Eyes' (pie shape)





Mammillaria p. 'Owl's Eyes' (crown/bracelet shape)






Water-Wise Garden...Nature...where we live.






Santa Ysabel Nature Preserve



Native American bedrock acorn grinding stone.





Landscape Architecture class...in Nature...where we live.






 Nature...where we live.





Where I love to be...an old highway...Nature.