Jamie Paul Durie OAM (born 3 June 1970) is an Australian horticulturalist and landscape designer, furniture designer, television host, television producer, and author of eleven books on landscape architecture, garden design and lifestyle. He is the founder and director of a design company PATIO Landscape Architecture and Durie Design and also is a 2008 Gold Medal winner at Britain's prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show in Chelsea, London for Australian Garden and designed by Durie. As of 2018, Durie has hosted more than 50 design shows around the world.
Jamie Durie in 2012
Jamie Paul Durie
3 June 1970
|Residence||Sydney, Australia / Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Landscaper, horticulturalist, furniture designer, television presenter, television producer, author|
Durie was the television host of the 2008 Australian lifestyle program The Outdoor Room, broadcast on the Seven Network. He hosted the dynamic design makeover show HGTV Showdown in 2009. Durie hosted the US PBS series The Victory Garden from 2007 to 2010. The show is PBS network's longest-running gardening TV series.
Following the end of The Outdoor Room on the Seven Network in 2010, Durie relocated the concept of the series to broadcast on the American HGTV network as The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie. Unable to bring his own Australian design team along, Durie put together a new team of top-notch designers, horticulturists and contractors. In his HGTV series, Durie rescues forlorn yards in Southern California with design schemes inspired by gardens and landscapes from around the world. Filmed mostly in and around Los Angeles, The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie uses sustainable ideas - such as low-water plantings and reclaimed hardscape - to design intimate, livable environments for erstwhile non-gardeners.
Durie was born in Manly, northern Sydney, New South Wales, and spent his formative years living in the mining town Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with his mother and maternal grandmother both Sri Lankan. His grandmother, Daphne De Silva, was born in Sri Lanka and met his English grandfather in the air-force during the war. They moved to Australia in the 1950s. Durie recalls that he and his grandmother baked and gardened together. She taught him how to make his first curry. He has inherited a love of the Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle. His parents separated when Durie was age 10, and he relocated with his mother and brother Chris, to the Gold Coast, in Queensland. His paternal grandmother, called Nanna, was a volunteer surf-lifesaver on the NSW Central Coast. Having left high-school in Brisbane at age 15, he tried his hand at cabinetmaking, and modeled beachwear part-time. Durie got his showbiz start in his teens as an exotic dancer in the Australian all-male revue troupe called Manpower Australia. Durie's agent introduced him to Manpower Australia - a touring dance troupe best known for its male dance performances and for its dancers' distinctive physical attractiveness and sex appeal - and as he describes it... "and the rest is history". For seven years, Durie toured internationally with Manpower Australia, acting as manager, and also as principal dancer, performing acrobatics and trapeze acts to large audience venues in Las Vegas, NV. "I was the lead performer and designed the sets and costumes" he says. Durie notes that while Manpower Australia was perceived as putting the risqué into risky, the shows were highly professional acts that even his grandmother was comfortable with. The timing was ideal, as "The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in Australia were very chauvinistic and the female body was overexploited", as he explains, "There needed to be social change." Retiring from Manpower Australia at age 26, Durie made up for his early exit from schooling by completing a four-year horticultural and landscape design course.
Landscape design and television hosting
Within a few short years, he made hosting appearances on Australian reality show DIY television programs. Durie was the main host and the lead landscaper on the garden makeover program Backyard Blitz, on the Nine Network - created and produced by horticulturist Don Burke - from 2000 to 2005. Don Burke, whose production company recruited Durie in 1999 to front Backyard Blitz , describes him as a "born showman".
In 2007, Durie participated in the 6th Australian series of Dancing with the Stars, in which he was eliminated in 7th place, on 17 April 2007.
In 2007, Durie has filmed lifestyle segments with Oprah Winfrey, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel), whom he credits as giving him his US TV breakthrough. Durie states that Winfrey "wholly and solely" is responsible for his career being launched in the US. When Oprah came calling, Durie relocated to the US. And with her ringing endorsement it meant that executive doors were opened, and Durie's already significant businesses were expanded in a country far bigger than Australia.
Durie hosted the US PBS series The Victory Garden from 2007 to 2010. The show is PBS network's longest running gardening TV series, which equips viewers with the confidence and inspiration to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in the garden and in the kitchen. Durie hosted the dynamic design makeover show HGTV Showdown on the HGTV network in 2009.
In 2008, Durie was the television host of the Australian lifestyle program The Outdoor Room, broadcast on Seven Network, with repeats broadcast on 7Two. The premise of the show was that Durie set out to "bring the world to your very own backyard".
Following the end of The Outdoor Room show on the Seven Network, in 2010, Durie relocated the concept of the series to broadcast on the HGTV network as The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie. Unable to bring his own Australian design team along, Durie put together a new team of designers, horticulturists and contractors. In his HGTV series, Durie rescues forlorn yards in Southern California with design schemes inspired by gardens and landscapes from around the world. Filmed mostly in and around Los Angeles, The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie uses sustainable ideas, such as low-water plantings and reclaimed hardscape, to design intimate, livable environments for erstwhile non-gardeners.
Since 2015, Durie has co-presented as a visiting expert in gardening & landscaping, on the Australian lifestyle program, The Living Room, a quad-triple award-winner of the Logie Award for Most Popular Lifestyle Program, that airs on Network Ten.
Furniture design and merchandise lines
In 2010, Durie's company Patio Landscape Architecture and Design was renamed Durie Design, committed to not just rejuvenating the existing gardens, but offering new exciting outdoor destinations for the clients, and with an emphasis on funky furniture design.
With his furniture design success, Durie has worked for Hollywood celebrity clients, such as designing 100 pieces of furniture for American talk show host and comedian Chelsea Handler and he designed garden landscapes for actress Charlize Theron for two years.
Awards and accolades
The Australian reality television garden makeover program Backyard Blitz, on the Nine Network, was the winner of six Logie Awards of Most Popular Lifestyle Program are chosen by the public through an online voting survey on the TV Week website. Durie won the Logie Award for Most Popular Presenter for his role in Backyard Blitz from 2003 to 2005.
Durie's 2003 landscape design book, Patio - Garden Design and Inspiration, (Allen & Unwin - ISBN 9781741146547) was short-listed APA Book Design Awards, for Best Designed Illustrated Book 2003 Australia.
In 2008, Durie won a Gold Medal at Britain's prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show in Chelsea, London. A team of 22 workers built the AU$800,000, 200sqm celebration of the Kimberley landscape, called Australian Garden and designed by Durie, in 16 days. Australian Garden won one of the eight Gold Medals given in the Show Garden category. All the materials were shipped from Australia.
In 2012, Durie was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the environment, and charity work. The Order of Australia honour was established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honours.
In 2013, Durie began collaborating with the Italian luxury furniture brand Natuzzi Group Riva 1920. Durie and Riva 1920 launched a bespoke collection of five furniture pieces, including the Tubular dining table, to widespread acclaim at Milan Furniture Fair 2013. The Tubular table and chair (the range also includes bookshelves) and Durie's Bungalow range were both finalists in the New York Design Awards, announced in Manhattan on 20 May 2014, for Product Design Category, Furniture Indoor & Outdoor.
- Patio : Garden Design and Inspiration - Author: Jamie Durie (2003), Allen & Unwin Publishers (Reprint: 2016).
- Outdoor Kids: A Practical Guide for Kids in the Garden - Author: Jamie Durie (2005), Jamie Durie Publisher.
- Inspired : The Ideas That Shape and Create My Design - Author: Jamie Durie (2006), HarperCollins Publishers.
- 100 Gardens - Author: Jamie Durie (2011), Allen & Unwin Publishers.
- The Outdoor Room - Author: Jamie Durie (2011), HarperCollins Publishers.
- Edible Garden Design: Delicious Designs from the Ground Up - Author: Jamie Durie (2014), Lantern Australia Publishers.
- The Source Book: Plants, Materials, Products and Ideas for Contemporary Outdoor Spaces & Where to Get Them - Author: Jamie Durie (2011), HarperCollins Publishers.
- Living Design - Authors: Jamie Durie and Nadine Bush (2016), Lantern Australia Publishers.
2012-2017 Company lawsuit
As of 2012, Durie has been engaged in a legal battle for a breach of contract claim brought by a disgruntled former business manager and licensing agent, Michael Curnow. He sued Durie after Curnow's services were terminated. At the start, Durie declared he would fight the breach of contract claim worth more than AU$750,000 brought by Curnow, who worked in the Mona Vale office of Durie's landscape and interior design business, Durie Design, lodged the claim worth more than AU$750,000 with the NSW Supreme Court in 2013.
In the Australian Supreme Court case, in September 2017, Justice Michael Slattery found largely in favour of Curnow. Durie, who was partially victorious over a claim by Curnow for commissions on work brought to Durie by other agents, disputes that he would be facing damages of more than AU$800,000 as claimed by Curnow. Costs are yet to be determined with a directions hearing in late 2017, though after a 3½-year legal battle and some of the most expensive lawyers in the country, final costs could be another AU$800,000. Durie was reluctant to discuss the judgment when The Sydney Morning Herald spoke with him at the time of the ruling, although he did express his disappointment at the finding and that he had been targeted "because I have a public profile ...that guy has made millions out of me over the years".
In June 2018, it was reported that Durie's company JPD Media & Design has been forced into voluntary administration, with Simon Cathro from Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants appointed to look into the company's financial situation.
Durie owns properties in Pittwater, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, and in Los Angeles. Durie is unmarried, but he has been engaged three times. He has stated, "I've always been career-focused and my relationships have suffered because of that". Durie's former partner, Nadine Bush, is the creative director at Durie Design, and is the co-author of Living Design (2016, Lantern Australia Publishers). Durie says she is a friend and colleague.
Durie has a grown-up daughter, Taylor, who lives in Los Angeles. Durie says, "We go camping together, surfing and bike riding". Durie describes his life as "I want simply to find more balance and walk down the little path of self discovery...".
Each year, Durie donates his time and resources to many charities, including facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), the Children's Cancer Institute and The Children's Hospital at Westmead (also called the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children or Sydney Children's Hopital Network, Westmead), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
|2000–2005||Backyard Blitz||Main host and the lead landscaper||Reality TV garden makeover program on Nine Network|
|2003–2006||The Block||Host / Presenter||Reality TV renovation program on Nine Network|
|2007||Dancing with the Stars||Competitor||6th Australian series of DWTS on Seven Network|
|2007||Australia's Best Backyards||Host / presenter||Garden makeover program on Seven Network|
|2007–2010||The Victory Garden||Host / presenter||Lifestyle TV renovation program on US PBS Network|
|2008||The Outdoor Room||Host / presenter||Garden renovation / lifestyle TV program on Seven Network|
|2007–2008||Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel)||Visiting expert landscaper presenter||To make her neighbors’ balconies into miniature Edens, Oprah sends a call Down Under to get help from Jamie Durie – one of Australia’s biggest TV stars and one of the world’s most famous gardeners.|
|2009||HGTV Showdown||Host / presenter||Garden makeover TV program on US HGTV Network|
|2010–present||The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie||Host / presenter||Garden renovation / lifestyle TV program on US HGTV Network|
|2015–2018||The Living Room||Visiting expert landscaper presenter||Lifestyle TV program on Network 10|
|2019—present||Australia By Design||Host||Host of Australian design program on Network Ten|
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- Durie, Jamie; Nemet, Rosana; Cameron, Roger (14 October 2018). "Outdoor Kids: A Practical Guide for Kids in the Garden". Jamie Durie Publishing – via Google Books.
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- Durie, Jamie (28 November 2006). "Inspired: The Ideas That Shape & Create My Design". Harper Collins – via Google Books.
- Jamie Durie. "100 Gardens - Jamie Durie - 9781742378909 - Allen & Unwin - Australia". Allenandunwin.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
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- "Edible Garden Design: Delicious Designs From the Ground Up by Jamie Durie".
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- "Living Design by Jamie Durie".
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- "Australia By Design: Architecture Cast". Australia By Design. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.