Jamie Durie is a qualified horticulturalist and landscape designer and founder and Director of the international award-winning company PATIO Landscape Architecture & Design. He is also a television host and producer, best-selling author and publisher, and businessman, managing his own successful line of merchandised product PATIO by Jamie Durie. Of his five best-selling books, Patio: Garden Design and Inspiration, The Outdoor Room, The Source Book (Editions 1 and 2), Outdoor Kids and Inspired, three of these titles are released under his own publishing company Jamie Durie Publishing. A committed environmentalist and the pioneer of the Outdoor Room concept in Australia, Jamie has completely changed the face of landscape design, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their garden.
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 his deep connection with nature guides him in creating the ultimate outdoor living spaces. His inspiration comes from the vast natural beauty of the Australian landscape, extensive international travel and a 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.
Jamie has hosted many of Australia’s top-rating television 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 and Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice. He also hosts America’s longest running gardening program The Victory Garden which airs on PBS and appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show offering garden advice and inspiration.
An advocate for preserving our natural surroundings and environmental future, Jamie is also passionately involved with environmental and charity work. He trained with former Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Change Ambassador and regularly participates in environmental lectures around the world. He is an Ambassador for PLAN International, the Children’s Cancer Institute, 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.