Organization is dedicated to keeping Rozzie green

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale Green & Clean staffers Brooke Nash, Jeff Chasin and Sheryl White and a customer (from left to right) during a previous plant sale.

(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale Green & Clean staffers Brooke Nash, Jeff Chasin and Sheryl White and a customer (from left to right) during a previous plant sale.

Roslindale Green & Clean, a nonprofit dedicated to designing, planting and maintaining public green spaces, is holding a fundraising plant sale June 8.

“The plant sale has two purposes: raising funds for our organization, as well as supplying low-cost garden plants to the community,” Roslindale Green & Clean staffer Jeff Chasin said in an email to the Gazette. “We hope [the event] is well attended by not just the Roslindale community, but surrounding areas as well.”

Chasin said the organization began as an offshoot of the 2004 Roslindale House and Garden Tour. He said a small group of people with an interest in gardening and landscaping wanted to see the proceeds from the tour go toward beautifying the community, so they formed Roslindale Green & Clean.

Chasin said that volunteers from the organization have worked with various community groups to design and install plantings for several public green spaces around Roslindale Village. He said the organization’s five original projects have been completed, which include installing gardens at the Alexander the Great Park, Roslindale Library and Savage Mini-Park.

“Part of our mission is to maintain the beauty of these areas,” said Chasin. “Through special events like our plant sale, garden tour and tree planting initiative, the organization hopes to engage the greater community in order to help keep Roslindale green and clean.”

The organization also held a May 4 event at the lower parking lot at the Roslindale MBTA Station.

“This formerly weedy and grassy area has looked terrible for years,” said Chasin. “Using a grant from the City of Boston, we are installing new shrubs and trees in that space. This is being professionally installed, so community participation is not required, although cheering is welcomed.”

Chasin joined Roslindale Green & Clean three years ago when he was looking for an organization to work with after retiring.

“I enjoy helping to keep the neighborhood beautiful and I am now the head of the Gardening in the Square Committee that maintains our existing green spaces, and a member of the Plant Sale Committee,” he said

For more information, visit roslindalegreenandclean.org or email  rgc.plantsale@gmail.com.

[This article has been updated with the correct email address.]