James Wong

James Wong

  • Gardener, Explorer, Anthropologist & Ethnobotanical Adventurer
  • 10-a-day the Easy Way, Grow Your Own Drugs
  • Gardeners World, Gardeners Question Time & The Great British Garden Revival

A highly respected natural science writer and broadcaster, James Wong is best known for presenting the award-winning BBC2 series Grow Your Own Drugs - which introduced a fresh, modern take on preparing a broad range of plant-based remedies - as well as being a panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.

James also occasionally provides reports for the BBC's much loved rural affairs show Countryfile (BBC1). Other TV shows include James Wong And The Malaysian Garden, which followed his co-design of a gold-medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Graduating with a Master of Science degree in ethnobotany in 2006, James trained as Kew Botanical Gardens before pursuing his key research interests of under-utilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and China.

A Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Ambassador since 2014, James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences in relevant and accessible ways. In 2015, The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture.

With his obsession for food nearly eclipsing his love of plants, James' small London garden serves as a testing-station for all manner of crops and horticultural ideas from around the world. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme.

James has written four international best-selling books, as well as writing extensively for the RHS and the popular scientific press. Moreover, he has been guest lecturer at universities and horticultural colleges across the UK.

James is an inspired choice as a speaker or presenter at gardening or food-based events. To book him, call a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 3500 3331 or email us as info@primeperformers.co.uk

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