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, August 28

The Marlborough Drive Garden - Kensington, SD, CA. This garden is featured in the newly published 10th year anniversary issue of 'Designing With Succulents', by Debrah Lee Baldwin!


This design flows with color and texture.  It's a lovely example of the kind of 'magic' that results when we hand-choose and hand-set, colorful cobble, ledgestone, and rocks with a beautiful design palette of sustainable succulents, cacti, and trees.  This is a 'head-turning' drought tolerant, sustainable landscape, that is the most 'photographed garden in Kensington' according to the owner.  And will be included in a future article, featuring Michael Buckner, in 'Garden Design' magazine.

Who says, "drought tolerant, water wise and sustainable gardens, have to be drab looking, or have the 'Palm Springs Look' of chipped rock/top dressing throughout?" 

We say, "look again, at what can be done!"  To think this was once a flat lawn with a traditional straight, concrete sidewalk running through it. No more!!

This still is a small front yard, that we made look large, and added privacy and high focals, for the client.