Jamie Durie

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Jamie Durie
Jamie Durie in September 2012.jpg
Jamie Durie in September 2012
Born (1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 44)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Residence Sydney
Occupation Landscaper, horticulturalist, television presenter
Children Taylor (daughter)
Website
jamiedurie.com

Jamie Paul Durie OAM (born 3 June 1970) is an Australian-born award-winning international horticulturalist and landscape designer. He is founder and Director of Durie Design, a television host and producer, the author of 9 best-selling books and a passionate environmentalist and humanitarian.

Durie previously was the host of the Seven Network's The Outdoor Room and the US PBS series The Victory Garden.

Early life[edit]

Durie was born in Manly, an oceanside suburb in Sydney, to a Sri Lankan mother and Australian father. He spent most of his early childhood in the mining town of Tom Price in north Western Australia. A former model, Durie performed with the international cabaret group Manpower Australia in the early 1990s. It was during his tours with Manpower, and his creative roles within the production, that Durie began to develop his interest in garden design and architecture. He then formalised his passion by returning to study design and horticulture in Sydney for four years at the age of 26. Durie has received over 34 International Design Awards since.

Television career[edit]

Durie has hosted and featured in over 35 prime-time lifestyle shows and appeared on television shows all around the world. The top-rating television shows he has hosted or featured in include The Outdoor Room, Australia's Best Backyards, The Block, Backyard Blitz, Torvil and Dean's Dancing on Ice, Disney on Ice, Cirque Du Soleil Specials, White Room Challenge and many more.

He has received seven Australian TV Logie awards including the Logie award for Most Popular New Male Talent and six consecutive Logie awards for hosting the Most Popular Australian Lifestyle Program for Backyard Blitz.

Durie also appeared regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show following his first appearance in November 2006. Durie appeared on a number of Winfrey's shows during his five-year contract to Harpo and publicly gives credit to Oprah for his USA career.

In the US, Durie's show The Outdoor Room on HGTV is now in its fourth season. He has also hosted nine independent shows on HGTV including HGTV Showdown, HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Green Home, The Rose Parade and currently hosts America's longest running gardening program on PBS, The Victory Garden. Durie has also appeared in other top brand name programs in Australia and the USA including Dancing with the Stars, 60 minutes, Celebrity Millionaire, The Price is Right, Better Homes and Gardens, Hard Copy, Entertainment Tonight, E news, NBC Today Show, Donahue, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and most recently was host and judge on the popular US series Top Design in Australia.

Books and online publishing[edit]

Durie is the author of nine best selling books: (in order of release) Patio—Garden Design and Inspiration, The Outdoor Room, Outside, The Source Book (Editions 1 and 2), Outdoor Kids, Inspired, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room and 100 Gardens.

Durie and his team produce and publish jamiedurie.com, jamieduriedesign.com and in January 2012 Durie released his own iPhone app, Garden Design With Jamie Durie.

He is also founder and Editorial Director of The Outdoor Room magazine.

Landscape design[edit]

After completing four years of study in horticulture and design, Durie founded the award-winning landscape design company Patio Landscape Architecture and Design in 1998. Patio was renamed Durie Design in 2010.

With over 34 design awards to his credit, Durie has been invited to exhibit and compete at international garden shows around the world, winning gold medals in Australia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in the UK. He continues to focus on large-scale resort and hotel designs globally with designs in Australia, the US, Canada, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain, Hong Kong and The Caribbean. His latest large scale resort project involved designing and rejuvenating the landscape, furniture, sculpture and gardens at Hayman Island and it's private estates on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, after they were devastated by tropical cyclones Anthony and Yasi.

Furniture and product design[edit]

In 2003 Durie designed and launched a range of outdoor furniture and gardening products under the brand name Patio by Jamie DuriePatio by Jamie Durie. The range includes furniture, décor, gardening tools, lighting, textiles, BBQs, ornaments and accessories. All the timber products in the range are environmentally responsible FSC certified timber. Previously sold through Kmart it is now sold exclusively through Big W Australia.

Durie also designed the Jamie Durie Signature range of products in collaboration with other artists and designers, including a range of paints with Porters Paints, textiles with Cloth, Durie Design outdoor furniture range with David Knott, A Studio Design with Modern-Shed and a range of rugs with The Rug Collection.

Environment and charity[edit]

Durie is a passionate advocate for environmental conservation. He was invited and then trained with former US Vice-President Al Gore as a Climate Change Presenter (now named Climate Reality), launched Clean up the World Day with The UN in New York, and is an Ambassador for Greenpeace, Australian Conservation Foundation, Planet Ark and National Tree Day. He also hosted the Australian Conservation Foundation's Spirituality and Sustainability Forum with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is an ambassador and former board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation, Sydney. Jamie is also an ambassador for the Forest Stewardship Council and Earth Hour.

Humanitarian work[edit]

Durie has donated his time and resources to several charities, including PLAN International, The Children's Cancer Institute, FSHD, Sydney Children's Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead, The Variety Club, Rotary, The Children First Foundation, Westmead Millenium Institute among others. He was executive producer and host of Jamie's Journey – Hope for Uganda's Children and Jamie's Journey with the Children of India, both produced in conjunction with Plan International to raise awareness of HIV Aids in Uganda and highlight the challenges and successes of Plan's early childhood care programs in India..

Personal[edit]

Durie's parents, Ron "Dave" and Joy (who was born in Sri Lanka), divorced when he was aged 10. He and his brother Chris moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland with their mother.

Durie has a daughter, Taylor (born 1997), from a relationship with Michelle Gennock, a Las Vegas showgirl. He has since been engaged to Terasa Livingstone and Siobhan Way.

Awards[edit]

Award Title Year
Gold medal Chelsea Flower Show, London 2008
Gold medal Sydney in Bloom, Australia 2004
Gold medal Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Australia 2005
Gold medal Singapore Garden Show, Singapore 2008
Gold medal Ellerslie International Flower Show, New Zealand 2002
Silver medal Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Australia 2010
Silver medal Sydney in Bloom, Australia 2005
Silver medal Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Australia 2001
Silver medal Ellerslie International Flower & Garden Show, New Zealand 2001
Bronze medal Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Australia 2006
Bronze medal Sydney in Bloom 2003
Bronze medal Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Australia 2003
Bronze medal Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Australia 2001
Award of Excellence for Inspiration Pacific Flora, Japan 2004
Design and Construction Award Pacific Flora, Japan 2004
Award Cairns Garden Show 2003
Award Australian Horticultural Media Award 2002
Medal Landscape Contractors Association Medal 2002
Award of Merit ABC Gardening Australia Live 2001
Award for Inspiration and Design ABC Gardening Australia Live 2001
Highly Commended Award ABC Gardening Australia Live 2001
Garden Design Award Festival of Gardens Australia 1999
Design Award Darling Harbour Medal, Australia 1999
Homebush Design Award ABC Gardening Australia Live 1999
Award Urban Design Institute of Australia awards for Triptych project 2011
Design Award Environmental Design Award for Triptych 2011
Logie awards 6 consecutive Logie awards for Backyard Blitz for Australia's Most Popular Lifestyle Program
EMA Award Environmental Media Association Award for HGTV Green Home 2011
Serendib News Award awarded by Serendib News Network in honour of the Sri Lankan Community, for Non Sri Lankan Produced Contributions Media 2006
Man of the Year Award GQ TV Personality 2003
Individual Logie award Most Popular New Male Talent 2001
Centenary Medal by Prime Minister of Australia John Howard for services to the community and Australian television 2004
Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community as an ambassador and supporter of a range of charitable and environmental organisations and as a landscape designer 2012

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