tcstoehr said: Did they give you the red-carpet guided tour? Did you learn anything new and interesting?
We did get a quick tour of the greenhouses right before dinner time but time was short and we only managed fast glances at one of the largest Haworthia collections in one place, huge selection of tender (soft) succulents in various stages of growth, flats of various selected hardy sedums, online order fulfillment station, packaging station, operations office, and finally the number of huge growing spaces for Sempervivums in various stages of growth.
As this was a good-will information exchange endeavor, the next day Lynn and I went in to the various "houses" to examine hundreds of cultivars and help verify identification of questionable cultivar names. Amongst the thousands of semps in house, we spent almost 8 hours that day walking, examining, and discussing questionable, verifiable or incorrect cultivar identification. Research using photos and seasonal/dated character trait info from two online semp 'encyclopedias', one American and the other German, were utilized. The knowledge in Lynn's head (from her years of cultivating semps, her exchange of information with Kevin Vaughn, her forum moderating and handling of semp photos of hers and others) was a great added resource to the quest.
Aside from the learning I received from working on the above with Lynn, I learned that Mountain Crest was strongly developing an interest/focus on the use of hardy succulents in landscaping throughout various suitable garden zones.