Author(s): James Wong
James's idea is simple and revolutionary. For 100 years, gardening books have said the same old thing about growing the same old fruit and vegetables. But in the wider world, as well as closer to home, there is a huge variety of delicious and often simple-to-grow incredible edibles suitable for temperate climates. Often common plants grown for flowers, like fuchsia, have delicious fruits or hips but we have long forgotten their use as edible plants. As the demand for 'home-grown' produce increases, this is the perfect time to introduce a whole new range of tasty, healthy and productive alternatives to the humble spud or lettuce. And who better to blaze the trail than the vastly knowledgeable and enthusiastic James Wong who tells us what to grow, how to grow it, and how to cook and eat it as well as the special properties of 100 new plants.
A revolution in the garden - a completely new range of fruit and vegetables to grow and eat.
After winning a scholarship to the university of Bath James went on to train at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the University of Kent, gaining a Master of Science degree with distinction in Ethnobotany. At the age of 27, Wong became the presenter of his own award-winning BBC Two television series Grow Your Own Drugs. The series demonstrates a number of natural remedies sourced from plants and became the highest-rated gardening series on UK television. James is also a regular face on the hit BBC One rural affairs series Countryfile since its reformatting in April 2009. In 2008, he was one of the regular presenters on the show Fossil Detectives, which was broadcast initially on BBC Four and then repeated on BBC Two. He has also appeared on BBC's Gardeners' World, Channel 4's Richard & Judy, The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV, and on BBC Breakfast. As a garden designer, he has become a four-time Royal Horticultural Society RHS medal winner for gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Wong has designed an Ethnobotanical Garden for the University of Kent, where he is a guest lecturer.