The rise and fall of celebrity gardener Jamie Durie

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Jamie Durie was the poster boy for DIY in the naughties.

Earlier today the 48-year-old’s company Durie Design hit the headlines with their finances reportedly in hot water – so Be can’t help wonder where it all went wrong.

Jamie Durie was famous for Backyard Blitz in the naughties. Source: Getty

In the early nineties, Jamie was part of the international (sexy) success that was Manpower, but was soon taken into the world of landscaping. This would be where Jamie’s success would grow.

The father-of-one then made appearances on DIY shows such as The Block and Backyard Blitz, earning him TV Week Logie accolades for Most Popular New Male Talent and Most Popular Presenter.


But it was when Oprah Winfrey reached out her golden hand, that Jamie catapulted into the International scene.

After cameos over a four-year period, the “Aussie” landscaper was an overnight success.

In 2010, the landscaper grew his business, Durie Design company, into a multi-million dollar empire and he was renowned as an environmental activist, even learning from Al Gore.


While his star continue to shine, Jamie’s business began to falter and fast forward to 2018, his business has gone into voluntary administration.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jamie owes upwards of AUD $1 Million – this includes half to an ex-employee who is currently embroiled in a court case with him and the other, to pay off a loan with Macquarie Bank.

Jamie attended the Tag Heuer event in Sydney on Wednesday and seemed to be in great spirits.


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