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.

Monday, November 25

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.

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