Jamie Durie is a qualified horticulturalist and multi-award winning international landscape designer based in Australia and the United States. Founder and Director of his design firm, Durie Design, he is also the author of nine best-selling books including 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room, Outside, The Source Book Editions 1 and 2, Inspired, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio-Garden Design and Inspiration.
Jamie has hosted many television shows in Australia and the United States, with his core show The Outdoor Room currently airing in both countries. He also publishes a magazine under the same title. A committed environmentalist and pioneer of The Outdoor Room concept, Jamie has greatly impacted the face of landscape design, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their gardens.
Born in Manly, northern Sydney, Jamie spent most of his childhood in the mining town of Tom Price in north Western Australia. Like most Australians, he loves the outdoors and designs spaces that recognise the crucial role nature plays in nurturing our well-being. Jamie draws inspiration from the natural form, including the vast natural beauty and drama of the Australian landscape, extensive international travel and his passion for Eastern culture and lifestyle through his Sri Lankan heritage. He successfully combines these elements to create his own unique style and approach to garden design.
Undoubtedly one of Australia's most recognisable talents, Jamie has featured in over thirty television shows worldwide. In Australia, he's hosted many top-rating programs, including The Outdoor Room, Australia's Best Backyards, Backyard Blitz (for which he received the Logie award for Most Popular Male Talent, as well as six consecutive Logie awards for Most Popular Lifestyle Program) The Block, Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, and most recently he was a host and judge on Top Design.
In the United States, Jamie's show The Outdoor Room, which launched on HGTV in 2010, is now in its fifth season of production. He has also hosted HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Green Home (which recently won a coveted Environmental Media Award) HGTV'd, Bang for Your Buck, HGTV Showdown, America's longest running gardening program The Victory Garden, which airs on PBS, and has featured in White Room Challenge.
Jamie also appeared regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show following his first appearance on the show in 2006 offering garden advice and inspiration through his many makeovers. In 2012, Jamie featured in a documentary on Cirque du Soleil for Australian television.
Jamie also designs a range of outdoor furniture and garden care products PATIO by Jamie Durie, available exclusively through Big W Australia. He has also created a range of paints inspired by nature under the Jamie Durie Signature label, and indoor and outdoor rug ranges with the The Rug Collection, also under the
Jamie Durie Signature brand. Jamie has also recently developed an iPhone app, Garden Design with Jamie Durie, which was available in both Australia and the US as of 2013.
An advocate for conserving our natural surroundings and environmental future, Jamie is passionately involved with environment and charity work. He trained with former US Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Project Presenter, and is an Ambassador for PLAN International, Planet Ark, National Tree Day, the Forest Stewardship Council and Earth Hour. Each year he donates his time and resources to many charities, including FSHD, the Children's Cancer Institute and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. 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 Trust, Sydney.
Client Comments for Jamie Durie
- Jamie was the perfect choice for our event. He was very professional, incredibly motivating and inspiring and had a fabulous amount of energy for such a busy person. He has achieved much success in his career and this was a positive message for our staff, to drive them to follow their dreams and win!
- Cultivate for Long-Term Growth
- Sustainable Gardening: Looking Toward a Sustainable Future
- How Does Your Garden Grow?
- Urban Renewal
- The Secret Garden
- Climate Change
- The Human Garden
- The Outdoor Room
- Going Native
- Where It All Began
Topic SynopsesCultivate for Long-Term Growth
Using the principles of good gardening and letting nature be our teacher, Jamie draws on wisdoms learnt by viewing nature and the creation of the garden as a metaphor for life.
Sustainable Gardening: Looking Toward a Sustainable Future
Jamie looks at the important questions we face today and what sort of Australia we want to leave to our children. The future is not somewhere we are going, but something we are creating right here, right now with every decision, action and choice we make.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jamie's observations on global garden/landscaping design trends.
Jamie discusses how forward thinking city dwellers are sowing a green revolution amidst our urban skyscrapers, greening our concrete jungles by planting gardens in the smallest and most innovative of spaces.
The Secret Garden
Jamie discusses his whole outdoor room philosophy – whilst many may think he is in the business of gardening, he sees himself as being in the business of wellbeing.
As an official Climate Change Presenter, trained by Al Gore, Jamie speaks of the real impacts of Climate Change and what we can do to help turn the tide.
The Human Garden
Jamie explains the connection that we as humans have to our gardens and what we need to do to make the gardens that we create more friendly, interactive and therefore, human! How do we take our gardens to that next level to gain the emotional experiences and to enhance our contact with the outside?
The Outdoor Room
Jamie explains his Outdoor Room Philosophy and why the whole world is embracing it. Covers all emerging outdoor room trends from around the globe.
Jamie talks about the importance of creating Native Australian gardens – why it's not only good for the environment but also how important it is to create natural habitats for native fauna.
Where It All Began
Jamie takes you through the landscape of his own journey in the garden design industry. How he first got started in the business and how he got to where he is now.
"Emma and Tamie were a terrific support throughout the process. I look forward to the opportunity to work together in the future."
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