Hyannis Business group lines Main Street pollinator-friendly plants

HYANNIS — Mini meadows bursting with cool greens, vibrant reds and yellows, subdued hues of brown, soft pinks and purples, all buzzing with bees and butterflies adorn the sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Hyannis.

This spring, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District distributed more than 140 planters in addition to creating a number of small gardens, consisting of various pollinating plants native to Cape Cod, along a one-mile stretch from Yarmouth Road near the Cape Cod Hospital to the West End Rotary as part of the Cape Cod Pollinator Pathways initiative.

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The project was led by Elizabeth Wurfbain, director of the Hyannis Business Improvement District, and Mary Myrick, who handles social media for the district.

Wurfbain said the goal is “to create a more environmentally friendly way of beautifying an urban environment.”

However, it is about way more than just planting pretty flowers.

“It’s all about the birds and the bees,” said Wurfbain, and how they, along with native pollinating plants, sustain and improve the overall environment.

The project was funded by the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District with monies paid by the owners of the properties along Main Street who pay a quarterly fee to the district, said Wurfbain.

Planters and gardens created along Main Street

The whole project, including the 140 planters, several gardens along the pathway and maintenance, cost about $15,000.

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