Siskiyou County Farm featured on gardening show ‘Garden Answer’

In January, a popular gardening show on YouTube featured small produce from a farm in Siskiyou County.

The succulents at Mountain Crest Gardens in Fort Jones were the stars of the Jan. 18 episode of “Garden Answer.”

On Thursday, more than 82,000 people watched the show on YouTube channel Garden Answer, hosted by Laura LeBoutillier from Ontario, Canada. The channel has 1.45 million followers.

“Garden Answer” approached the nursery in early January to do an unboxing — a showcase of products shipped to Ontario and opened on camera with commentary from LeBoutillier, said Annie Schreck, director of botanical research at the nursery.

Hands-on demos for DYI projects usually follow the unboxing episodes.

“I can’t wait to see what Laura creates with our plants,” Schreck said.

An Orbea Variegata for sale at Mountain Crest Gardens.

This is the third time Mountain Crest Gardens plants have been the stars of “Garden Answer,” Schreck said. LeBoutillier presented the nursery stock once in 2020 and in 2018.

“It was absolutely wonderful to see all of the positive feedback, especially from newbies who are now inspired to try the succulents,” Schreck said. “Our goal is always to encourage more people to try their hand at growing plants, and Laura does just that, every day.”

Valentine’s Day Orders

“Mountain Crest Gardens is currently in Valentine’s Day mode,” Schreck said. Staff scramble to keep up with holiday orders.

For those with a lover who loves small gardens, the nursery sells succulent sample gift boxes with nine or 16 assorted plants for $30 to $40. The nursery also creates custom packaging, including all pink and red succulent varieties.

The Nine Succulents Sampler Gift Set is on sale for Valentine's Day at Mountain Crest Gardens.

Upon request, staff notify customers of plants that are operating well in their part of the upstate, Schreck said.

Many of the 1,200 plant varieties sold by the nursery in 2021 — including hybrid and exotic varieties — are cold hardy, Schreck said. They grow well outdoors in Siskiyou County according to the nursery’s website.

Others enjoy warm climates, like Redding’s triple-digit summers. Most of them just need afternoon shade.

Mountain Crest Gardens also sells indoor plant varieties, pet-safe succulents, and succulent care supplies: soil, sand, pots, and kits with miniature garden tools for growing succulents. indoor plants.

The family business has been booming since the pandemic began, company chairman Tom Jopson, 69, and his son, vice chairman Matts Jopson, 36, said last spring. Demand for small plants increased by 80% in 2020, people turned to gardening and started growing succulents during the shutdown.

Bestsellers include “baby toes” – plants with large clustered leaves, and the cascading “pearl necklace” with delicate little spherical leaves on long stems.

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Business continued to boom in 2021, Schreck said. “We sold millions of plants last year.”

Holidays are the busiest times for the crèche. Customers who want delivery in time for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or other holidays should order ahead.

For more information, visit or call 877-656-4035.

See the January 18 episode of “Garden Answer” featuring Mountain Crest Gardens at

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