Steve Asbell grew up chasing lizards in the Mojave Desert, later becoming an avid hiker, enthusiastic amateur botanist, and passionate gardener. He started a blog called The Rainforest Garden for his terminally ill mother. Now that she has passed away, he continues to garden for others and tend to the lush gardens that he planted for his neighbors in his apartment community. Asbell currently lives with his wife Jennifer in Jacksonville, Florida, where he makes his living as a freelance writer, blogger, illustrator, and photographer. His writings and illustrations have appeared on Ferry-Morse seed packets and on the websites Gardening Gone Wild, Plants Nouveau, Southern Living online, Apartment Therapy, Mashable, and Mother Earth News. Plant by Numbers is Asbell's first book, but it won't be his last.