Best Tip for Finding a Gardener in Hawaii

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

The best tip for finding a gardener in Hawaii was right under my nose, and I didn't think of it for months. Instead, I just kept paying the guy who wasn't even the gardener I was supposed to be working with. I only know this because I talked to my neighbor, Don, to tell him I was unhappy with the gardener he referred and discovered it's not the same guy who does his garden.

Apparently, the number I called was correct, but another person answered and said he was working for the intended person. He sends over a crew once a month but they always look like they just rolled out of bed. There are no set days or time of month they show up. Although, I have heard from my neighbors that I'm not supposed to let the gardener know when I'm On Island or they'll just come the day before and skip other months. I haven't verified that, but it seems plausible.

See those palms above? You couldn't even see the roots before I trimmed. They've grown at least 10 feet over the past year. Stuff grows so fast here as compared to California. You can read more in my personal blog today and see a bunch of new photographs of my garden at this link: How to Find a Gardener for a Hawaii Garden in Kona.

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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, OK, now I am laughing and laughing.   You are not the gardner!   

Dec 06, 2017 08:49 AM #1
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Joan Cox I got a big kick out of it myself. I can be such a doofus at times.

Dec 06, 2017 09:12 AM #2
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is nice to be able to laugh at yourself, and think it is good for our soul!!

Dec 06, 2017 09:16 AM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

HI Elizabeth... enjoyed the pictures of your "new" garden. As someone who forgets to water her one single living plant in the house for weeks on end (it has survived 11 years with me), I consider a gardener a true necessity of life and the right gardener to be worth his weight in gold.

Dec 06, 2017 10:03 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elizabeth- that is hysterical!!!!!  Although...that lime could come in handy if you're making guacamole out of your "avocados!"

Dec 06, 2017 06:07 PM #5
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 07, 2017 02:02 AM #6
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Time to set up a surveillance camera in the garden, the kind you can check from your phone. Oh, and inside too so you can see those geckos cavorting when you are not there.

Dec 07, 2017 11:11 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

During the 1980s, I friends who lived near Pahoa, on the other side of the island.  I spent some time with them one winter, and was amazed at how rapidly things grew.  You could almost see it before your eyes.

Dec 10, 2017 03:52 PM #8
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