Post D Horticulture Program
Since 2002, the W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention has had an active horticulture program. The main objective of the program is to teach residents to care for another living object. It began with a small indoor greenhouse in the classroom which allowed residents to grow seedlings. The program then expanded to a small outdoor greenhouse (8'x10') which gave residents a place to work with plants for classroom instruction.
In 2006, the Board of Hughes Memorial Home for Children donated a
commercial size greenhouse to the program which has greatly enhanced the
Since the inception of the program, Stuart Sutphin,
of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, began teaching a job skills
horticulture class for the Post-Dispositional Residents. Each session of
classes is taught twice a week for eight weeks, and the residents learn
how to work in a "Green Industry". Approximately 100 residents have
participated in the program. The Post-Dispositional Teachers provide
hands-on experiences in planting and designing landscapes. The program
has been used as a model for implementation of similar programs in
detention homes throughout the state.
The horticulture program
impressed Dr. Bonnie Appleton, a Virginia Tech Horticulture Professor,
and she wrote a grant for the program to install a prototype tree
arboretum at the detention home which yields utility friendly trees.
In 2008, the Green Thumb Nursery and Tree Arboretum held a Dedication
Ceremony & Open House, and trees were planted in memory of the
victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. During the ceremony, the Green
Thumb Nursery and Tree Arboretum was presented the Gold Leaf Award by
Paul Revell of the Virginia Department of Forestry for outstanding
beautification and landscaping activities.
Post-Dispositional Program residents and Teachers host tree, plant, and
flower sales several times throughout the year that are open to the