Peace and tranquility can be found in a garden, even one within prison walls. A small courtyard within the wire fence of the Women’s Center at the Dartmouth House of Correction now has a vibrant perennial garden that bring smiles to the faces of the women that have had the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the creation and maintenance of the garden.
During the summer of 2008, female inmates broke ground during the hot month of July to begin a “Garden of Change.” They worked tirelessly to design a heart, star and clover that are filled with beautiful perennial flowers.
Thanks to the creative efforts of the women that volunteered during the summer of 2009, the clover has been transformed in the Boston Celtics logo. The design makes the clover look like it is placed on a basketball. Mulch donated by J&J Materials of Rehoboth was used in the design and the results were remarkable.
We have a small section for annual flowers where the women planted a beautiful, colorful bed of annuals this year, thanks to the generosity of Theresa Marie Pimental of Figueiredo's Greenhouses, Westport who donated the flowers. “ They were dirty, they were tired, and they were quite pleased with the results of their labor” stated Linda M. Pacheco, Director of Public Safety Education for the Sheriff’s Office. With the continued support of the local vendors for this program, the Bristol County Sheriff's office would like to offer it each Spring and Summer.
Click here for a newspaper article about last year's garden project