Buy Plants, Help Grow Program

The annual plant sale by Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle is set for this Saturday, featuring plants grown by women inmates in the club’s “Learning to Grow” program.

The sale will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. at Kailua Elementary School, offering a variety of herb planters, vegetable starters, bromeliads and succulents, citronella, red and green ti, plumeria, papaya, mountain apple, begonias, ferns, bonsai and “tea cup” plants, living wreaths, hand-painted gift pots and much more.

All proceeds go back to the program, which has introduced hydroponic farming to inmates at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua.

The weekly classes with experts introduce methods of cultivating backyard vegetables and plants, and LKOC volunteers report a positive, therapeutic response among 30 students over the past four years. The women spend two hours a day, three days a week working in the prison garden, which also supplies their kitchen with lettuce, herbs and vegetables.

For more information on the sale, call 389-0188.