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, May 30

Contemporary Residence W/An Ocean View & A Colorful Sweeping Arroyo to Stabilize a Steep Hillside Water-Wise Garden Area

This garden had some large boulders dropped on site to 'stabilize' the hillside, but they were placed w/out aesthetic concern.  This was done before Michael Buckner and his team were hired to resolve the problem.  Michael designed and installed this beautiful, dramatic arroyo rock work that, not only truly stabilized this 10' steep garden area, but also gave the garden a sweeping visual aesthetic that helped to reflect the expansive ocean view this modern home holds court over!  The rockwork looks like water flowing....amazing....enjoy!









Nimitz Blvd. - An Example of a Water-Wise Garden With No Existing Irrigation!


The next three photos were taken of a garden on Nimitz Boulevard - it's just one of Michael Buckner's award winning water-wise gardens.  This project was funded by the City of Pt. Loma Beautification Committee.  The garden has no existing irrigation!!
The theme for the garden reflects the 'best of living in Ocean Beach and Pt. Loma - the sunrise and the sunset.'




During the first season, when the garden was newly established, the city water trucks would stop by and flush the garden with water.  Once the garden was established garden it relied on only rain water for its survival.  And survive it has!!






Friday, May 24

New Photos of Coronado Landscape Design

Coronado residence front garden area. 
'Before' New Soil and New Plants 
'After' the clean-up of existing plant material


Coronado residence - One of two Melaleucas installed along the front path.
The plant material and the rock work add tremendous beauty to this newly installed water-wise front yard garden area.


Here's a different view of the same front garden - just 7 days after installation.


This older Melaleuca nesophila is so amazing in person!!  The photo doesn't capture it's full beauty.


The following photos were taken of the backyard garden areas of the Coronado residence.  Look at the rock work design/install in these long narrow garden areas...it's in the details that the design comes alive!!



The backyard's amazing view!!

And now a photo just for fun....
...out in Nature...where I love to be...some shadow fun!

Saturday, May 18

New Images of Recent Design & Installation in Coronado!!

This small collection of photos were taken during the first 10 days of installation.
The work is 'nothing less than a complete transformation' of this residential garden area.
More photos soon!


Golden Barrel Cactus, and a variety of colorful succulents, top dressing and boulders.





Rock work details...looks like water flowing...