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Mike will teach you the basics of successfully growing plumerias in our region.

Saturday, August 26, 2023, 3 – 5 pm

Atkinson Plumeria Farm, 5239 Alzeda Dr, La Mesa CA 91941

Mike Atkinson has been growing plumerias for over 25 years and will teach you the basics of successfully growing plumerias in our region in this small, interactive workshop environment. He’ll not only teach you what to do, but he’ll show you, as well. And he’ll walk you through his plumeria operation on the farm. 

This class is held in an in-person, intimate setting on Atkinson Plumeria Farm in our open, shaded classroom. This is a rain-or-shine event.

He’ll be covering:

  • Watering needs
  • Best fertilizer
  • Best planting method
  • Rooting cuttings
  • Winter care
  • Dealing with pests
  • Regional conditions
  • Q&A time
  • and much more!

After the class, you can walk around the farm among the 100s of plumerias and 1000s of blooms.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle (refills provided)
  • Hat
  • Pen
  • Clipboard
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Aloha spirit

Check-in begins 15 minutes before the event starts. Please give yourself enough time to arrive, park, and get a seat, as the event will begin promptly at the start time.

Price: $40 includes hands-on instruction, extensive Q&A, and a tour of the farm’s plumeria operation.

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If a class is sold out, email us with your phone and preferred class time to be placed on a waitlist.

Cancellations accepted up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Eventbrite ticket fees will be deducted (around 8%).


“I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.  Mike, you are so engaging and knowledgeable.  You kept the class to a manageable size.  Your assessment of people’s questions seemed to be spot on as well.  As a new plumeria gardener, I need all the help I can get to succeed.” Clare

“Took their plumeria 101 class and it was fantastic! Learned new things and learned I was actually doing some things right!! Took questions all through the class so all mine were answered. Even got to walk around and admire his endless trees! Would highly recommend!” Lisa


Mike has been growing plumerias with his wife Stacy on San Diego’s Mt Helix for over 25 years. The PBS program “A Growing Passion” featured Mike and his farm on their Emmy-winning episode about plumerias. He has taught plumeria workshops in Southern California (San Diego Horticultural Society, San Diego Botanic Garden, Master Gardeners, plus many garden clubs and nurseries), all US plumeria societies, and the International Plumeria Conference in Florida. He is a longtime volunteer and speaker with the Southern California Plumeria Society, has authored many articles, and has been interviewed many times, including by the Los Angeles Times.