Watertown’s Commander’s Mansion welcomed Arbor Day a day early with a celebration of nature, some good eats and live entertainment on Thursday.
Hundreds descended on the historic home in the Arsenal on the Charles complex for the event, where they could grab a bite at the two food trucks – the Chicken & Rice Guys and Gogi On The Block – and learn about nature from some of the groups at the table.
Jamaica Plain-based Bee Bandits brought out an empty hive and some bee keeping suits to show people about keeping bees.
“We are keeping bees in Watertown here at athenahealth,” said Miles Masci of Bee Bandits. “They are supporters of the environment.”
There is one hive on a roof at athenahealth and two more are coming. One box can house 10,000 bees, and as it grows, more are added.
The Watertown Farmers Market also welcomed folks. They will be opening this year on June 2, and will be on the front lawn near the Panera Bread this year every Thursday from 2-6 p.m.
While people enjoyed the Arbor Day Celebration, the trees on the Commander’s Mansion property got a trimming by a crew from Butler & Sons Tree Services.
“Throughout the year we try to do what we can,” said Kathy Butler, co-owner of Butler & Sons. “We also have done a lot with churches.”
Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward said the trees have never really been trimmed.
“These trees had a good pruning,” Haywards said. “It was mostly just shaping the trees.”