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By Jeremy Los


March 28, 2011- Plumeria blooms, the traditional Hawaiian lei flowers, conjure up the exotic mystique of the tropics. This weekend, several East County growers will showcase their sweet-scented blossoms at the Southern California Plumeria Society’s cutting sale.


The two-day event, April 2-3, will mark the first cutting sale of the year for the Society at the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. The event runs from 10 am-4 pm, and attendance is free.


Founders and past Presidents Carl and Joy Hertzog of Lakeside, will be selling their cuts this weekend. According to Kim Schultz, the Southern California Plumeria Society’s Secretary and organizer of the sale, they are among the top sellers not only because of their varieties, but also their willingness to take time with customers to share their plumeria expertise.


The three East County sellers will be bringing 85 different varieties of plumerias with them to the cutting sale. Sellers from East County will be showing off and selling home-grown plants from their own backyard, while many other sellers will be selling plants imported from Hawaii, Australia, and Thailand.


According to Diane Holland, publicity organizer for the society, the event will include a sales table of plumeria-related items including shirts, hats, jewelry, plant fertilizer, books, vases, etc. It will also be an opportunity to speak with local growers on how to successfully grow plumerias in San Diego.


East County growers Greg, Mary Ann, and Aaron Silerthorn will man the demonstration table on Saturday, answering questions about plumerias and demonstrating to patrons how to plant their cuttings.


For those interested in gardening the plumeria offers up a beautiful bloom and visual for your own personal garden.


For more information, visit www.socalplumeriasociety.com


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