It all started in 1952 when Henk Van Koeveringe, immigrated to Canada from Holland. At just 19 yrs of age and completely broke after spending his last dollar on the cab fare from the train station, he arrived in St. Catharines. During those first years, Henk worked at a factory in downtown St. Catharines making residential radiators.
Just 3 years after immigrating, Henk along with his wife Dirkje were able to purchase 3 acres of land on the outskirts of St. Catharines. After some consideration as what to grow, they decided to start producing green onions. As sales increased, Henk took on a business partner, and Louth Garden Produce continued to flourish. At their peak they were producing green onions and radishes on 125 acres of owned and rented land.
In 1976 a decision was made to build some greenhouses. Holiday floral crops would be grown. This venture would provide employment and revenue during the winter months.
In 1979, Henk and his business partner decided to go their separate ways. Henk and Dirkje then decided to purchase 8 acres of land on 5th Street in St. Catharines. After construction of a 38’000 square-foot greenhouse, potted plant production at Spring Valley Gardens began.
Today Spring Valley Gardens is owned and operated by their three sons John, Jake and Ron, and has expanded to over 10 acres of production area.
Sadly, Henk never witnessed the majority of this expansion. In 1992, at the age of 59, he passed away from cancer. Still, his values and work ethic remain with the third generation, as they become progressively more involved with the operation of this family business.