Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River kicked off its annual plant sale Tuesday morning.

It's a tradition that goes back more than 30 years. Shoppers can find beautiful hanging baskets, as well as garden-ready flowers and veggies.

Hiland Staff Sargent Ty Johnston said the sale is a way for female inmates to show off what they've been growing in the prison greenhouse all year long. It also gives inmates a rare opportunity to interact with the public.

"Some people have been in here a long time, and when they came in, the world was a different place," said Johnston. "Any sort of public interaction where we can help them grow and learn a little bit is a good thing."

Johnston said all the money raised from the plant sale goes back into the prison's horticultural program.

The sale continues through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Credit cards are not accepted.

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