Steve Bates is a longtime gardener and journalist. He grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he still lives. Steve received a scholarship from the Virginia chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, and he received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary.He has won numerous awards for his writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet. He spent 14 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post.This is Steve's first book, inspired by his love of gardening and writing. He also enjoys baseball, travel and photography. Follow him on www.theseedsofspring.com.