It’s a plant sale some people wait all year for: the annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center plant sale started Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. but prison officials say cars were lining up much earlier than that.

The sale is a chance for female inmates to show off what they’ve been growing all year in the prison greenhouse and gives inmates a chance to interact with the public.

Department of Corrections officer Dena Yuill said the experience is good for inmates who must earn the privilege of working at the sale.

“It gets them out into the community especially [doing] things they can be proud of,” Yuill said. “They see these plants from start to finish.”

The sale continues through Friday at the Eagle River facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Hiland personnel said it’s very likely they’ll run out before the week has ended.

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