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13-085 Horticulture Program At Pinellas County Jail Offers Plants To The Public At An Affordable Price

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Detention and Corrections Bureau
Horticulture Program
14400 49th Street North, Clearwater

Instructor:
Charles (Chuck) Pool
PTEC Horticulture Program

What:
The Inmate Horticulture program at the Pinellas County Jail is a large plant and tree nursery accessible to the public. Inmates learn plant growing and landscaping skills. Citizens can purchase plants and trees at the complex during specified hours.

Where:
The plant nursery and shade house are on the Jail complex, in a location accessible to the public along the perimeter road. There is PTEC signage posted providing directions to the plant nursery.

When:
The Inmate Horticulture Program plant nursery is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How/Why:
The Inmate Horticulture program at the Pinellas County Jail is located on two acres off the Jail’s perimeter road and is accessible to the public.

The Horticulture Program has been on site for inmates for several years and offers plant materials for sale to the public.

Chuck Pool has been a horticulture instructor at PTEC for over 25 years and works with the inmates on site. The inmates are sentenced misdemeanants who are taught plant cultivation and care. Some have had experience in landscaping, but most have not, and are looking to learn an employable skill or hobby.

Most of the plant stock is donated by a Bay Area wholesale nursery operation with locations in Pinellas County. The plant materials may be overstocks or those plants requiring more care to be ready for sale. Chuck Pool and the inmates work to recondition the plants and then put a price tag on them for the public. All proceeds from plant sales are used to keep the horticulture program up and running.

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