Steven is a horticulturist and writer specializing in gardening, farming, and food production. With a degree in horticultural science from the University of Guelph, he has worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing.
His garden lectures are both practical and fun.
Steven’s writing has won awards from the Canadian Farm Writers Federation, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and GWA (The Association for Garden Communicators). Steven is a host of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show.
Steven’s 2011 book “No Guff Vegetable Gardening” is a Canadian bestseller.
His award-winning 2012 book “Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t” helps cold-climate growers succeed with figs.
In 2015 he collaborated with his daughter Emma, to write a fun, easy-to-follow guide to gardening with children called “Grow Gardeners. Kid-tested Gardening with Children”.
Their upcoming book, “Gardening with Emma”, comes out in 2019.
Emma is a 13-year-old gardener and garden communicator who shares her passion for gardening with both adults and youth in talks, on radio, in print, and on video.
Emma raised over 130 tomato varieties in her city garden in 2018—gardening in containers, in straw bales on a driveway, in a neighbour’s yard, in wicking beds under a walnut tree, and on the garage roof.
Her garden is the source of many of her stories—and the source of produce that she sells in her neighbourhood.
In 2015, at the age of nine, she co-authored “Grow Gardeners, Kid-Tested Gardening with Children” with her father and started helping with talks and workshops.
Emma now gives her own talks at libraries, seed exchanges, garden clubs, and garden shows. Emma is the co-host of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show.
She co-hosts videos on the From Dirt to Dishes gardening channel on YouTube.
Her upcoming book , “Gardening with Emma”, will be for sale at the show and the author will be signing them as well!