In his 2006 book, DOING TIME IN THE GARDEN: Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture, James Jiler offers an engaging personal account of directing a highly successful horticultural job-training program at New York City's Rikers Island, the largest jail complex in the United States.

The author's humor and heartfelt stories about the prison community and clear explanations of what works broaden this book's appeal to all social activists, especially those involved with at-risk populations and community gardens.

James Jiler directed the Horticultural Society's jail-to-street GreenHouse and GreenTeam programs from 1997 to 2007.

Doing Time in the Garden is widely read in classrooms and by professionals across the country in fields including horticultural therapy, vocational training in corrections facilities, and reentry preparation. Please let us know if you are currently using the book in your curriculum!

The book may be purchased in person at The Hort or online for $15 (plus $5 shipping and handling). All proceeds go toward the GreenHouse program. If you are an educator interested in using the Doing Time In The Garden for classroom purposes, please give us call at 212-757-0915 x100 and we can offer a discount on bulk orders.

Click here to purchase Doing Time In The Garden.