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.

Our design/build team consists of Michael Buckner, aka The Plant Man, Jenise (Deeter) Buckner, and Conrad Scouton, our hardscape specialist, general contractor and builder (of whatever you need, newly built or remodeled). License #946212.

Design Phases: Consultation, Site Plan, Concept Plan, Installation and Build.

Our design work enhances the outdoor living space by promoting unique, expressive, drought tolerant and sustainable landscapes. The landscape designs reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive. Our objective is to bring 'Nature' into the design, to include the natural qualities inherent to Southern California and it’s ‘micro climates’- its native rocks, its changing elevations, the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments.

· Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. His design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines and newspapers.

· Michael is a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare and exotic plant materials, 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 (MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing and black & white photography at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree.

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.