Jamie Durie

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Jamie Durie
Jamie Durie in September 2012.jpg
Jamie Durie in September 2012
Born Jamie Paul Durie
(1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 47)
Sydney, New South Wales
Occupation Landscaper, horticulturalist, television presenter
Children 1
Website jamiedurie.com

Jamie Paul Durie OAM (born 3 June 1970) is an Australian-born horticulturalist and landscape designer. He is founder and Director of Durie Design, a television host and producer, and the author of eleven books.

Durie has been the television 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.

Television career[edit]

Durie has hosted and featured in lifestyle and journalism shows globally and appeared on television shows in several countries. Beginning with the television show,Backyard Blitz, he went on to be the original host of show, The Block for the show's first two seasons. Other shows Durie has hosted or featured in include The Outdoor Room, Australia's Best Backyards, Torvil and Dean's Dancing on Ice, Disney on Ice, and Cirque Du Soleil Specials.

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 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.

In the US, Durie's The Outdoor Room on HGTV has had four seasons. He has hosted nine independent shows on HGTV including HGTV Showdown, HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Green Home, The Rose Parade and hosted the US' longest-running gardening program on PBS, The Victory Garden. Durie has appeared in other 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 was host and judge on the US series Top Design in Australia.

In Asia, Durie is host and presenter of The Apartment TV show of which the first four seasons were produced for The Starworld Network. Season five premiered in March 2017 and season six was planned to go into production in August/September, 2017.

Books and online publishing[edit]

Durie is the author of eleven 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, 100 Gardens, Edible Garden Design and recently released his first interior book, Living Design - How to bring the outside in - creating a Transterior home, co-authored with Nadine Bush. Living Design is due to be released in the US in Spring 2018 by HarperCollins NY. 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 founder and editorial director of The Outdoor Room magazine.

Landscape design[edit]

After completing four years of study in horticulture and design[where?], Durie founded the landscape design company Patio Landscape Architecture and Design in 1998. Patio was renamed Durie Design in 2010.

Durie has received 34 design awards.[1] He has been invited[when?] to exhibit and compete at garden shows[which?] and won gold medals[which?] in Australia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.[citation needed] He continues to focus on large-scale resort and hotel designs in Australia, the US, Canada, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain, Hong Kong and the Caribbean.[citation needed] His latest resort project involved designing and rejuvenating the landscape, furniture, sculpture and gardens at Hayman Island and its private estates on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, after they were devastated by tropical cyclones Anthony and Yasi.[citation needed]

Environment and charity work[edit]

Durie is an advocate for environmental conservation. He 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 the Dalai Lama, and is an ambassador and former board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation, Sydney. Durie is an ambassador for the Forest Stewardship Council and Earth Hour.

Durie has worked for 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, and Westmead Millennium Institute. 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.

2017 lawsuit[edit]

In September 2017, Durie lost a Supreme Court case against his former business manager. Justice Michael Slattery found largely in favour of Mike Curnow after a three-and-a-half year court battle over unpaid debts and commissions following Curnow's services being terminated by Durie in 2013.[2][3]


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 2001
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


  1. ^ "People - Jamie Durie Design". Jamie Durie Design. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Jamie Durie loses his shirt, twice". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity gardener Jamie Durie to dig deep after court battle". 

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