North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Wise Horticulture Program

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) has partnered with Piedmont Community College and the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction to provide a course in horticulture for inmates.

The WISe (Wildlife Inmate Service) program teaches courses in horticulture to the inmates. The college provides the instructor and NCWRC purchases bare root stock from various sources, including the Division of Forest Resources. All of the species are genetically native to North Carolina. The inmates pot and care for the plants as part of the course.

The plants are available for purchase by municipalities, public universities, public k-12 schools, non-profits, or any state/federal agency. Individuals and private entities may not purchase plants at this time.

Inmates potting plants
Sam Cobb,
Dan River Instructor