James Wong

James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, writer and broadcaster based in London, England. Graduating with a master of science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he has pursued his key research interests of under-utilised crop species & traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java & Southern China. 


He is the author of the best-selling books ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ and ‘Homegrown Revolution’, as well as a presenter of programmes including BBC2’s award-winning ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ & ‘Countryfile’ and Radio 4’s “Gardeners Question Time’.


Becoming an RHS ambassador in 2014, James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences in relevant and accessible ways. 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.