Many people who are arriving in Courtenay for the first time drive north along Highway 19.
They exit onto the Comox Valley Parkway and are welcomed by the sight of a Snowbird jet in permanent flight atop a pedestal at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre.
The jet is the focal point, but the next time you visit we ask you to take a moment to enjoy the manicured lawns and tended gardens that frame the monument and visitor building.
Juan Calero and his small team care for these plants, grasses, and soil. As the owner/operator of HJ Landscaping, he also tends to landscaping at the Crown Isle Shopping Centre and for other businesses in the Valley.
His journey to working in the soil here began in the soil in Nicaragua, where Calero grew up on his family’s carrot farm.
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