Siskiyou County farm featured on popular YouTube gardening show

Jessica Skropanic
Siskiyou Daily News

In January, a popular gardening YouTube show featured a Siskiyou County farm’s diminutive products.

Succulent plants from Mountain Crest Gardens in Fort Jones were stars of the Jan. 18 episode of "Garden Answer."

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

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

How-to demonstrations for DYI projects usually follow unboxing episodes.

“I'm looking forward to seeing 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 were the stars of "Garden Answer," Schreck said. LeBoutillier featured the nursery's stock once in 2020 and in 2018. 

“It's been absolutely wonderful to see all of the positive feedback — especially from beginners who are now inspired to give succulents a try,” 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

The nine-plant succulent sampler gift box is on sale for Valentine's Day at Mountain Crest Gardens.

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

For those with a sweetheart who's gaga for tiny gardens, the nursery sells succulent sampler gift boxes with nine or 16 assorted plants for $30-$40. The nursery also creates custom packages, including all pink and red succulent varieties.

On request, staff advises customers which plants do well in their part of the North State, Schreck said.

Many of the 1,200 plant varieties the nursery sold 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 relish hot climates, like Redding’s triple-digit summers. Most of them just need afternoon shade.

Mountain Crest Gardens also sells houseplant varieties, pet-safe succulents and supplies for succulent care: Soils, sand, pots and kits with miniature garden tools for cultivating houseplants.

The family business has been booming since the pandemic began, said company president Tom Jopson, 69, and his son, vice president Matts Jopson, 36, last spring. Demand for the little plants grew by 80% in 2020 as people turned to gardening and took up succulent cultivation during the shutdown.

Best sellers include “baby toes” — plants with fat clustered leaves, and the cascading “string of pearls” with delicate little spherical leaves on long stems.

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

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

For more information, go to or call 877-656-4035. 

See the Jan. 18 episode of "Garden Answer" featuring Mountain Crest Gardens at

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