Ethnobotanist, science writer and presenter James Wong is perhaps best known for presenting his own television show, Grow your Own Drugs, the BBC series Countryfile and as a panelist on Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time. The co-founder of Amphibian Designs, his designs have earned him awards at some of the UK’s most prestigious flower shows including Chelsea and Hampton Court. James love for plants and obsession with food, has resulted in him becoming passionate about spreading the word on plant science to new audiences. To this end, his own garden has become a testing ground for all types of crops and horticultural ideas from all over the world. James is an accomplished horticultural university and college lecturer and write prolifically for popular scientific press.
Born in London James was brought up in Singapore and Malaysia before returning to the UK to study at the University of Bath, Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and the University of Kent, ultimately gaining a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany.
To date, James’s continued research has taken him to such exotic climbs as highland Ecuador, China and Java.
The co-founder of the design studio, Amphibian Designs he is perhaps best known. as a television presenter, presenting his own, award-winning series Grow Your Own Drugs, being a panellist on the long running Radio 4 series, Gardener’s Question Time, the popular BBC series Countryfile and The Secrets of Your Food with Dr Michael Mosley, a series which sees James travel across 4 continents discovering how plants and plant science underpin the food we eat. He also guest lectures in universities across the UK.
As an author, James’ early books tied with his series Grow Your Own Drugs while a third book, Homegrown Revolution, became the fastest selling gardening book in UK history. Other titles include; Grow for Flavour and James Wong: How to Eat Better.
In his capacity as a garden designer, James has received numerous awards and accolades becoming the youngest ever winner of a Royal Horticultural Society Medal at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Other winning designs include Amphibian Designs at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows and he has also designed an Ethnobotanical Garden for the University of Kent where he is a guest lecturer.
Almost equal to his passion for getting the message about plant science to the masses is James’s obsession with food. To that end his small London garden serves as a testing station for all manner of crops from around the world with his written work displaying how anyone can grow maximum flavour with minimum effort.
James has also teamed up with Liz Earle skin care brand, to help source the best botanical ingredients for the product range.
Last but not least, James has joined forces with precision engineered Finnish tools company Fiskars to help create a campaign to inspire a new generation of horticulturalists.
In addition to English, James is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin.