CAN (NT): With Fort Smith grad flowers imperilled, a greenhouse steps in

When Hilary Turko heard the truck carrying flowers for Fort Smith's high school graduation might not make it through the highway closure, she invited students to help themselves at her greenhouse – free of charge.

Turko, who owns the Roots and Ruminants greenhouse, used to be a high-school teacher. She told Cabin Radio she knows how important the graduation ceremony is to the community.

Paul W Kaeser High School (PWK) even has two graduation nights. On Thursday the school holds convocation, while on Friday it holds a family grad dinner.

"When I was teaching at [Paul W Kaeser High School], I taught [this year's grad class] when they were in Grade 7 and 8," she said. "So they have a special place in my heart."

A wildfire in northern Alberta kept the highway connecting the NWT and Alberta closed for most of this week.

On Thursday, the road was reopened northbound for a limited number of "essential goods" trucks.

While a truck delivering to Kaeser's store did make it through late on Thursday afternoon, earlier in the day, nobody was sure if the truck would arrive in time or if everything needed would be on board.

This is where Turko's generous back-up plan comes in.

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