|Lucia and Immer Campos
The country of
Belize is renowned for the diversity of its plant life, and people in the
community are relied upon to maintain the pristine look of their
environment. This beautiful, seemingly unspoiled, "paradise" is part of
the reason that visitors are drawn to San Pedro each year; some people
come to the island to live, while others simply come to vacation. For
this reason, the people who ensure that the island remains attractive,
through beautification projects and by supplying plants for the island,
are especially valuable. Immer & Lucia Campos from Riverwalk Gardens
are two of these people whose goal is maintaining our picturesque
Immer Campos was born in San Narciso, Corozal on the
29th of August, 1973.
Immer received most of his knowledge of plant care from his mother, who
had a garden of her own. In addition, Immer earned high grades in his
primary school agricultural science class.
In June of 1998, Immer Campos came to San Pedro Town
and first worked for Caribbean Depot as a driver for about a year and a
half. After that, he took up taxi driving for several months. It was
during this time that he realized there was a market for a garden/nursery
in San Pedro. In August of 1998, he returned to Corozal, to collect
Lucia, his wife, whom he had married four years before, on December the
4th. Immer and Lucia
then returned to San Pedro, and opened the Iris Nursery.
Lucia Cituk was born February
2nd, 1972, in Corozal,
and spent most of her young adult life there. She attended St. Francis
Xavier Primary School, and went on to finish her high school education at
Corozal Community College. She continued her studies at Corozal Junior
College, where she completed an Associate's Degree in Business Management
in June of 1994. She then worked for Johnny's Construction as a secretary
for three years. Lucia arrived in San Pedro expecting to cook and sew for
her husband, and instead, ended up using her business skills to help her
husband succeed in his new business.
Immer worked for two years at Iris
Nursery, mostly by himself, during the long, hard hours selling plants
such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, and other landscaping flora. While Immer
worked tirelessly at the nursery, Lucia spent a year babysitting, and
then worked for the Cottage Gift Shop for four months. Lucia soon found
herself with an opportunity to obtain experience managing a business. At
Paradise Villas, Lucia managed Gaz Cooper's four condos, and then at her
next job at Playa Blanca, she managed Gaz Cooper's hotel and dive shop.
10th, 2001 marked the
day Lucia and Immer could finally work together. After two years at Iris
Nursery, Immer was presented with an opportunity to buy Riverwalk
Nursery. Riverwalk had a better location than Iris Nursery, (on Coconut
Drive, in the San Telmo Area) and therefore the decision was made, that
the couple would buy the business and rename it "Riverwalk Gardens".
Although Immer had years of experience dealing with plants, Lucia was at
a disadvantage. She relied heavily on the previous employee (Ms. Bina
Kumul) to teach her to care for plants, and also used her background in
business to help manage the accounts. Immer and Lucia now run the garden
by importing plants from the mainland, and selling them locally to
residents and tourists alike. Immer is now co-manager, marketer and
salesperson for the business, which currently employs two other people.
Riverwalk Gardens' services also include landscaping, yard maintenance,
and pest extermination, as they are also certified Belize Agricultural
Health Authority (BAHA) pest exterminators.
Presently, Immer and Lucia are attempting
to grow their own plants on the island, such as hibiscus, shore plants
and lilies. The couple's most recent project, the Iris Flower Shop, is
located across from Leslie's Hair Salon, in the San Juan area.
Now that Immer and Lucia have settled into their
businesses, they finally have more time to spend with their children:
Immer Abra"n (5), and Iris Ariani (3) whom they like to take to the
beach. Immer also likes to fish, while Lucia enjoys quiet time at home.
Since the birth of their children, they have decided to give back to the
island through community services. They recently donated plants to two
beautification projects, one on the first block of Barrier Reef Drive and
the second at the San Pedro Cemetery.
Immer and Lucia Campos, a happily married
couple for almost nine years, are a shining example of what two people
can accomplish when they go into business for themselves. By living in
harmony with the environment, Lucia and Immer Campos have ensured that
paradise prevails in "Our Community".