Winter wreaths and planters
Help dress up the business district for the holidays! Join Hyde Park Main Streets and Keep Hyde Park Beautiful to help distribute holiday wreaths and plant miniature evergreen trees in the planters throughout Cleary and Logan Square.
When: Saturday, November 23 at 10am. (Rain/snow date: Saturday, November 30 at 10am)
Where: Meet in the lobby of the Everett Square Theater (11 Fairmount Ave).
Bring work gloves and a rolling cart (if you have one).
We got the grant!
Keep Hyde Park Beautiful is thrilled to be the recipient of a $500 Plant Something Bee-eautiful grant from Keep Massachusetts Beautiful. The funds will be used to plant pollinator-friendly plants like Joe-Pye Weed, Bee-Balm, Black-Eyed Susans, and Purple Coneflower throughout Cleary Square’s pocket parks and in the triangle next to the Hyde Park MBTA commuter rail station. Our goal is to add to the attractiveness and vibrancy of Hyde Park’s business district, and, at the same time, provide much-needed habitat for pollinators.
Bees and other pollinators are in serious decline around the world. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% over the past 20 years. Pollinators, including 20,000 species of wild bees, contribute to the growth of fruit, vegetables, and flowering plants. Plants that depend on pollination make up 35 percent of global crop production volume.
The decline of pollinators is caused by habitat destruction, the overuse of pesticides that include neonicotinoids, farming practices that eliminate patches of wildflowers and cover crops, parasites and pathogens, as well as climate change.
Have you ever passed by a Hyde Park business and thought, "wow, that place looks great!"? We have, and our quarterly We Noticed! column recognizes those local businesses; the ones we noticed have made an extra effort to keep their storefronts and business properties looking good.
This quarter We Noticed! Central Paint & True Value hardware store, a fixture in the community. Now under new ownership, there are lots of changes worth noticing.