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.

Wednesday, December 4

Before & After Photos of a Sustainable Landscape W/Arroyo in Rancho Santa Fe

'Before' and 'after' photos of a sustainable landscape in Rancho Santa Fe.  The garden area is a rather large, open area behind a ranch style home. The building in this image is one of two 'bungalows' found in the back. I'll share a bit of text…but I believe the 'before' and the 'after' photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

A wide angle view of the design…note a dry bed arroyo just barely visible on the far right edge of this photo…more of that to come.

The image below is the 'source' of the dry bed arroyo seen in the photo's edge above.  Beginning at the base of a majestic multi-trunked Coral Tree it was designed to wind around and out into the wide open back yard landscape.

Below…a new angle of the dry bed.  Just a few steps down the arroyo, the meandering dry bed meets up with a newly 'carved out' & installed flagstone pathway.  This new, rather 'intimate pathway' can easily become a new 'garden tableau'…from which to enjoy the view into new back yard landscape design.


Looking from the opposite point of view….this image is wide enough to see where the dry bed arroyo and it's companion pathway will be later 'carved out' of the existing garden area.  Look immediately to the right side of the large multi-trunked Coral Tree…and then look at the next photo.

The dry bed arroyo...a beautiful flowing 'work in progress'



After…A 'work in progress' the rocks appear to be water flowing. Fabulous!


After gold decomposed granite (d.g.) added.

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