Vacation inspires good kind of gardening thievery

I watched him climb an aluminum ladder nearly 30 feet into the air with a 2-foot machete. At first I thought he was going after the coconuts.

That wasn’t his goal. With another guy dressed in the same green khaki uniform stabilizing the bottom of the ladder, he quickly and meticulously trimmed off the brown, dead hanging fronds and skin, leaving the tree perfectly shaved. The clean-shaven trunk, an earthen brown from ground level, now blended into the smooth lime-green upper fourth section of the 40-foot tree.

It made a huge difference in the appearance of the tree. And I realized that even on vacations, like a magnetic force, I’m often captivated by the work the gardeners are performing — enhancing the beauty.

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