Tap horticulturist and ST gardening columnist Wilson Wong's experience in a talk and clinic

Deputy director of horticulture and a curator of palms, shrubs and ornamental plants at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Dr Wilson Wong (above) is seen here with bagworms on a plant.
Deputy director of horticulture and a curator of palms, shrubs and ornamental plants at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Dr Wilson Wong (above) is seen here with bagworms on a plant.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Tap horticulture expert Wilson Wong's experience in a talk and plant clinic

Having trouble keeping your plants alive? Fret not: A talk and a plant clinic at the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) will give you basic gardening tips as well as the chance to consult a horticulture expert.

Dr Wilson Wong, who has helmed The Straits Times' Root Awakening gardening column for more than 10 years, will give a talk followed by a question-and-answer session at the festival. The talk will touch on the basics of gardening and, in a nutshell, teach people "how not to kill our plants".

During the clinic or Q&A session, people can tap him for tips on how to grow certain plants or tackle other garden-related problems.

They should take along photos - either physical ones or on their mobile phones - of their gardens and plants. Close-up shots, photos from different angles and information about the growing conditions - how much sunlight they receive, for example, and whether they are grown indoors or outdoors - would also be helpful.

The talk and Q&A session will be held on July 22 and are open to SGF ticket-holders.

Dr Wong, 39, is deputy director of horticulture and a curator of palms, shrubs and ornamental plants at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. He has a PhD in herbal drug discovery from the National University of Singapore, where he is now an adjunct assistant professor in food science and technology.

During the talk, he will also speak about common garden pests and plant diseases.

  • BOOK IT / GARDENING MADE EASY: DEALING WITH COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES

  • WHAT: As part of the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018, to be held at Gardens by the Bay from July 21 to Aug 3, horticulturist Wilson Wong will give a talk on common garden pests and diseases followed by a plant clinic. SGF ticket-holders can take along photos of their diseased plants to find out how to treat them.

    WHERE: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

    WHEN: July 22, 5pm (talk), 6pm (plant clinic)

    ADMISSION: Free for SGF ticket-holders

    INFO: singaporegardenfestival.com

"The most common misconception people have about pests," he adds, "is that gardeners want to totally eradicate them from their garden in the quickest manner."

Pests are part of a garden's ecology and over-using pesticides can do more harm than good.

There are also the "good guys" - spiders, bees, butterflies and earthworms - which help with pest control, pollination and garden waste recycling.

• The Straits Times is the official media partner of Singapore Garden Festival 2018.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'The plant doctor is in'. Print Edition | Subscribe