Riverview – The Hugh Burns Meditation Garden will be dedicated at Hillsborough Correctional Institution on October 30, 2009. The Meditation Garden was the idea of long-time prison volunteer Hugh Burns. Rose bushes were donated by the University of Florida, Wimauma Campus. Soil, fertilizer, wood and paint were donated by Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City. Inmates in Hillsborough CI’s vocational carpentry program built an arbor for the garden and inmates in the art class painted a mural.
Media interested in attending the dedication and visiting the art or carpentry class are encouraged to attend.
Directions: Take I-75 to Exit 246 (Apollo Beach); go east to US-301 (first traffic light), turn south on US-301. Go to CR-672 and turn east. Institution is approximately one mile from the turn on the north side of CR-672.
Who: Prison volunteer Hugh Burns, inmates and staff who helped make this garden possible.
What: The dedication of the Hugh Burns Meditation Garden and the inmate carpentry and art class will be open to the media. Hillsborough Correctional is Florida’s only female Faith-and-Character based institution. Hillsborough Correctional focuses on preparing inmates for successful re-entry into society. The majority of these inmates will one day return to Florida communities, like 88% of all Florida inmates. Thanks to volunteers, programs like carpentry, art, sign language, anger management, and basic computer classes help teach inmates confidence, commitment, compassion and control.
Reporters: Please contact the Office of Public Affairs for clearance at (850) 488-0420.