The evidence for the mental and physical benefits of gardening is stacking up.
James Wong is a Royal Botanic Garden, Kew-trained botanist, international author and one of the UK’s top garden designers and Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners. In this talk James explains the mental and physical benefits of gardening – not only do we make the world a more beautiful place, we also improve local biodiversity and address pollution issues, all the while improving our own health and well=being.
James reveals the surprising science behind how simply being around plants can reduce feelings of pain, boost mood, even improve physical endurance. Talking frankly about his own experience with houseplants and mental health, he explains simple ways in which anyone (even those with no garden at all) can experience the benefits of horticultural therapy.
Venue: Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens, Borris Road, Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow R21 W527
Time: 3 p.m.
James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science 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 underutilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and China.
He is the author of the internationally best-selling books “Grow Your Own Drugs” and “Homegrown Revolution”. His presenting work spans a range of BBC programmes, including the award-winning “Grow Your Own Drugs” and “Great British Garden Revival”, as well as 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. 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.