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, 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!"