Skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

A GROWING PASSION: Intoxicating Plumeria

Airs Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, June 18 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Host Nan Sterman examines plumeria obtusa at Southern California Plumeria Soc...

Credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Above: Host Nan Sterman examines plumeria obtusa at Southern California Plumeria Society's annual luau and plant sale in San Diego's Balboa Park.

Learn about plumeria, a big, tropical looking plant that captivated Southern Californians.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Aloha Spirit captivated Southern Californians at a time when the Beach Boys were singing about surfing, home gardeners were planting plumeria in their gardens.

These big, tropical looking plants produce fragrant and sometimes colorful flowers that were a staple of Hawaiian leis, despite their arid origin.

Over the years, the popularity of plumeria has waxed and waned, making a big comeback in the last five or ten years.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Host Nan Sterman shows plumeria in a garden landscape.

September marks the Southern California Plumeria Society's annual luau and plant sale in San Diego's Balboa Park.

In this episode, we visit the show as we explore the history and attraction of these easy to grow crowd-pleasers.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Host Nan Sterman discusses how plumeria grow with expert Mike Atkinson.

We meet some of the old time growers who were part of the original wave of plumeria popularity, along with the new generation of aficionados.

We learn how easy it is to grow these plants in our region, and see the vast array of colors, shapes and sizes. We even learn how to even make a lei or two.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Host Nan Sterman learns how to make a lei with plumeria.

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Episodes of A GROWING PASSION will be available for streaming on demand following the broadcast. All past seasons are available on demand now.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

A GROWING PASSION is on Facebook, and you can follow @GrowingPassion on Twitter. Share photos and follow the series on Instagram.

Southern California Plumeria Society is on Facebook.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Colorful plumeria

ABOUT THE SERIES:

More and more San Diegans strive to make socially, environmentally and economically-responsible choices.

From earth-friendly and water-wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, we demand options that protect our health, feed our communities and protect our natural resources.

A GROWING PASSION is an Emmy-winning lifestyle program that explores San Diego County's agriculture and horticulture activities as an expression of this growing earth-friendly movement.

From backyard food production to major horticultural growers, from low-water landscapes to sustainable practices around the home and in the garden, we tell stories about the natural and manmade landscapes that shape the social, cultural, environmental and economic interests of our community.

We celebrate how San Diego grows.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.