James is an ethnobotanist – in simple terms he is a scientist who studies how people use plants. From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, how harnessing the power of plants could help overcome civilizations great threats and lessons to be learnt from the diet of stone age man, James sees plants as much more that greenery for your garden.
James’ first foray into television was Fossil Detectives for BBC4/2 where he went in search of plant fossils to help unlock the secrets of our past. He then presented 2 series of the hugely successful Grow Your Own Drugs for BBC2. In it James cooked up and created remedies which offered an alternative to over the counter medicine for a variety of common ailments. James had 2 best-selling books published alongside the TV shows. James went on to join Countryfile when the show moved to its new Sunday evening slot and has presented films on extreme tree hunting, guerrilla gardening, mistletoe auctions and everything inbetween.
Other projects include co-hosting BBC2’s Our Food where he journeyed across Britain to discover how our landscape, history and climate have shaped what food we grow and where and the Great British Garden Revival where James championed roof and tropical gardens. Last year James also presented Expensive Eats for Channel News Asia, James went on a global odyssey to introduce viewers to some of the most expensive and sought after delicacies from around the world including yubari melons, saffron and black ivory coffee.
James has appeared on Gardeners’ World, The Chelsea Flower Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and BBC Breakfast. James is also a RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning garden designer.
James’ latest book, James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution was published in 2012 and was very well received. This modern take on growing your own is inspiring urban famers both old and new to try their hand at something different. He has a complimentary seed range with Suttons Seeds. James is currently working on his next book due to be published early 2015.
Determined to bring new life to an old genre, his raw passion and untamable sense of adventure are infectious. James is a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener, and always, ethnobotanical adventurer.