No hoes barred

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Perhaps some were caught red-handed. Now they're cultivating green thumbs.

Several county inmates joined forces with senior citizens this spring to raise a vegetable, flower and herb garden in the Senior Citizens Center's backyard.

"We're trying to have a backyard we'll enjoy spending time in," said Cheryl Harrod, executive director of the center. "It's our back-to-nature backyard."

The garden adds to the existing greenhouse, swing, birdhouses and bubbling fountain, which serves as home for several goldfish, and brings together an unlikely group of gardeners.

"(Inmates) were kind of the muscle behind getting this started," said Harrod. "They really enjoy coming out here."

One of the inmates, who cannot be named, agreed. "I like working here because of the seniors. They always have a smile on their face."

Ollie Mason certainly had a smile on his face when he spoke of the garden and working with the inmates. "We could not get along out here without their help. They are crucial."

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.