HYANNIS – Mini meadows bursting with cool greens, vibrant reds and yellows, muted browns, soft pinks and purples, all buzzing with bees and butterflies grace 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, comprised of various pollinating plants native to Cape Cod, along a one-mile stretch of Yarmouth Street near Cape Cod Hospital. 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 to beautify an urban environment.”

However, it is about much more than just planting beautiful flowers.

Kristen Kania holds a watered planter Saturday on Pollinator Road along Main Street in Hyannis.

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

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

Planters and gardens established along Main Street

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

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