Chestnut Hill, Mass.—Chestnut Hill Realty, a full-service real estate company specializing in multifamily housing, partnered with Hope in Bloom, a Dedham-based non-profit group that provides indoor or outdoor gardens at no charge to Massachusetts’ residents undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Gardens are planted at individual’s homes and are designed to fit each person’s space, taste and lifestyle.
On Monday, May 7, volunteers from Chestnut Hill Realty and Hope in Bloom planted a garden at the home of Sandy Swartz at 3 Woods End in Needham. This is the 112th Hope in Bloom garden and the first to be installed in Needham. It was designed by Chestnut Hill Realty Director of Horticulture, Tim Dolan. The group also conducted a spring yard clean-up by weeding, edging and transplanting some existing greenery.
While the Hope in Bloom program typically covers the materials and relies on volunteer labor to design and install its gardens, in this case Chestnut Hill Realty provided the mulch, soil, loam and seeds.
Chestnut Hill Realty and its horticultural staff have long been believers in the restorative powers of gardens and blooming flowers. CHR contributed material and labor toward the creation of the Cancer Garden for Hope in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, designed, installed and maintains a rooftop garden at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and has done volunteer work for Green Care for Troops, a national program that helps the families of deployed soldiers keep up with lawn care.