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.

Thursday, December 12

The Rocks Intended to 'Represent the Family' - Installed at Arroyo's Edge - in a Blossom of a Garden - Coronado

Following are some recent images of the bayside garden in Coronado - these images reveal how 'Rocks are used to Represent the Family' - the Protector, the Partner, etc.  
See if you can pick out the two largest boulders at the arroyo's edge representing - in this garden - the male and female head's of the family.

Also, as I mentioned, this garden was recently planted, so check back...we'll post more photos of the garden as it matures during the next 6 months.  Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

Rocks representing the family….
Which one of the two rocks do you think is the female, and which the male?
Another gorgeous day in Cornado…note the colors of the setting sun on the Euphorbias at the far right corner of the photo…which is also the ocean-side pathway of the garden. 

Grandpa's Garden rock was also installed in the whirlpool of this beautiful dry bed arroyo.

Here's a couple pictures of the 'view from the garden' of beautiful San Diego in the setting sun….fabulous!  Imagine having this view every day of your life!  Wow!

Shorebirds galore feeding at low tide…egrets, pelicans, plovers, osprey, sandpipers,godwits…and more! 

And finally…one of B & G's favorite poems…

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill can hold more than his bellican.
He can hold in his beak,
Enough food for a week,
How the hellican.

-- Dixon Lanier Merritt 

Wednesday, December 4

A Beautiful 'Blossoming of a Garden' - Coronado

This beautiful "blossoming garden" is an original work in progress on the bayside of Coronado.  The project is a sweet location to work at on so many levels!  We recently laid down some of flagstone pathways, new D.G., and new top dressing for the planted garden areas...

Work calls me, so I'm out the door right now…more text and photos to come!!  Enjoy!!

A fabulous 'work in progress'…the flagstone on the right-side pathway awaits installation, and additional boulders 'representing the family members' will be installed in the arroyo garden area!

Before & After Photos of a Sustainable Landscape W/Arroyo in Rancho Santa Fe

'Before' and 'after' photos of a sustainable landscape in Rancho Santa Fe.  The garden area is a rather large, open area behind a ranch style home. The building in this image is one of two 'bungalows' found in the back. I'll share a bit of text…but I believe the 'before' and the 'after' photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

A wide angle view of the design…note a dry bed arroyo just barely visible on the far right edge of this photo…more of that to come.

The image below is the 'source' of the dry bed arroyo seen in the photo's edge above.  Beginning at the base of a majestic multi-trunked Coral Tree it was designed to wind around and out into the wide open back yard landscape.

Below…a new angle of the dry bed.  Just a few steps down the arroyo, the meandering dry bed meets up with a newly 'carved out' & installed flagstone pathway.  This new, rather 'intimate pathway' can easily become a new 'garden tableau'…from which to enjoy the view into new back yard landscape design.


Looking from the opposite point of view….this image is wide enough to see where the dry bed arroyo and it's companion pathway will be later 'carved out' of the existing garden area.  Look immediately to the right side of the large multi-trunked Coral Tree…and then look at the next photo.

The dry bed arroyo...a beautiful flowing 'work in progress'



After…A 'work in progress' the rocks appear to be water flowing. Fabulous!


After gold decomposed granite (d.g.) added.

Monday, November 25

Our Contemporary Primary Project - An Enchanted 'Blossom of a Garden' - Bayside Coronado

Artists working for artists…that's the best!!  
Here are some very early photos of a contemporary, primary project…a special kind of sustainable & 'enchanted blossom of a garden' on the bayside in Coronado!!! 
Watch this new garden's transformation begin!

Here's an 'early installation' photo of this sustainable, bayside garden…so 'sweet' and so exciting!!

A couple quick snapshots of the bayside landscape 'before' is shown below...

 And the 'old becomes new' again!!  Look at this happy Euphorbia canariensis, and it's view from the garden.  

New, new, color, shapes, textures..more to come on this 'work in progress'.

One final look back at a black & white 'before' image of this bayside garden area...

Michael working his 'magic' with the placement of this existing Euphorbia in the new garden area.  New placement, new soil, new life!

A 'blossoming' sustainable garden on the bay!
 Check back to see how distinctive and colorful this new 'work of art' becomes...

Fabulous clients,and a terrific location for creating a sustainable, original landscape…what could be better?  Life is good...

The whirlpool of the new dry bed arroyo!!

New Photos - Design Work - Coronado 7+ Months Later

It's been awhile since I had time to add to my blog…but here we go…new images of delightful places…enjoy!

Here're some new photos of a stunning landscape in Coronado we began installation on some 8 months ago.  Look how beautiful…the plants are established and 'showing off' with color and proportion.  The two Melaleuca trees (which we continue to bonsai for the client) are simply 'jewels' in the landscape.  Naturally, we adore our Coronado clients…we're working on a new landscape design right now, just down the street…bayside as well…photos of that transformation are coming soon!

One really must see this garden in person…both the Melaleuca's were laced out to create an open, bonsai-style tree shape…this distinctive form, along with the trees' inherent paper-like bark, support an original & elegant front garden in Coronado….and it's easy to see how the shapes and colors of both the plants and the rock material share an imaginative even 'jewel-like' visual relationship.

I adore this multi-headed Red Echeveria and the way it 'bursts forth' from the lava bowl.


Details…in movement…color…form…texture…in the afternoon light.

We added the flagstone slab bench recently…a lovely spot from which to enjoy the garden.


Red Echeveria and lava bowl…front side view.

An inviting entry walk-way to this wonderful, wonderful, Coronado bayside home.

Tuesday, September 10

Photos From the L.A. Arboretum Inter-City Succulent and Cactus Show

The following photos were taken at the L.A. Arboretum Inter-City Succulent and Cactus Show held in August of 2013.  The first six photos were taken during a talk on 'The Trophy Table Judging Process' given by Michael Buckner and 'Woody' Minnich at the 'Trophy Winner's' table in the L.A. Arboretum.  
*I'll add additional text later on, including more names with faces...enjoy for now!

Michael Buckner

Michael Buckner

Michael Buckner and Woody Minnich, "How big is it?"

Michael Buckner and Woody Minnich

Michael Buckner and Woody Minnich, And.."How small is it?"

Debra Lee Baldwin (author of 3 books on succulents, including 'Designing With Succulents') and Woody Minnich.

A group photo of the 'Trophy Winners' at the 'grand masters show'.
Two Dogs, Two Photographers (including Michael), and Two Spots!!

A photo of the Inter-City Committee Board Members. 

Tom Glavich and John Luhnow...shakers and movers of the tri-city show.

The next photos represent the evening plant auction and the 'fun' and the activities with the plants and the people attending the auction.  Auctioneers: Michael Buckner and Woody Minnich, assisted by Peter Walkowiak.  

Michael Buckner, Woody Minnich, Peter Walkowiak…seeking the highest bidder...and the evening's plant auction crowd hoping to be the 'highest bidder' on the plant's of their choice.

Michael Buckner..pontificating..."Was that a bid?"

Peter Walkowiak walking the plants for auction through the crowd.

Peter, Michael and Woody, shaking and movin'...enjoying a bit of fun over the auction of this 'unique' plant...note the bill in Peter's t-shirt pro-offered by one of the evening's bidders, in fact she won the bid.  It's obvious...these cactus and succulent people know just how to promote a bit of good fun!

Woody Minnich

Peter with 'big grape'!

Nicholas Wilkenson enjoying the commaradee...a winning smile.

Another view through the camera lens...plenty of good fun was had by all…

Michael Buckner...."Sold to Cathy!"