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.

Tuesday, January 22

I Have the Most Wonderful Clients

I say this often: I have lovely customers!  They are wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent and creative people.  With the New Year I thought it to start off sharing this 'lovely note' from one of my customers.  We completed a 'revision project' on their front yard/garden in the fall of 2012.  Just out of the blue not too long ago, I received the lovely and generous note that follows:

Jenise:

I am sending you this note to thank you and Michael Buckner, again, for your excellent work on our front yard, during mid-August.  We just feel so pleased with the overall look of the garden, as well as in watching the changes in the individual plants.  All seem to welcome the gentle rains.  So, the garden inspires us each morning, as we head off to work.  When we return, even in the darkness of the early winter evenings, we see the outlines of the plants and we are pleased that all is well.


We hope that your year has been rewarding and that the business prospects are bright.


Wishing you the best.


J and N



I love what I do....And the note tells you one excellent reason why.  I love all things 'creative', and working close to Nature and the land, and I love designing, and in the process transforming my client's outdoor spaces into inspirational, aesthetic and sustainable living spaces. 

Note: during the winter/spring months this type of succulent water-wise garden is in its prime.  This means it would be a great time for me to stop by and shoot some updated 'after' photos of the garden.


The following photos were posted in an earlier blog in 2012, just after the 'revision project' had been completed.   This garden is located in the Kensington area of San Diego.