NEW SERIES A REALLY WILD RIDE FOR JAMIE
Jamie Durie is ready for a rumble in the jungle.
The 45-year-old landscape designer has been tasked with fixing some of America’s most rundown backyards – and that spells danger.
Outback Nation is Backyard Blitz on steroids. We’re talking alligators, rattlesnakes, and, in one priceless scene, coming nose to nose with a skunk.
Durie’s list of injuries as he hacked through tangles of neglected bush around family homes with his machete, included broken fingers, a fractured shoulder and fractured ribs.
“It’s definitely the most dangerous show I’ve ever worked on,” Durie says.
“There were plenty of unpredictable situations. These gardens have all been neglected for a decade or two.”
It is Durie’s job to work with families to clear away the mess and then design and build new outdoor areas.
Often, Durie is helping these families heal in some way. The Renshaws, from California, have money troubles.
“If you scratch the surface, there has usually been some sort of trauma or turmoil within the family that has led them to neglect their gardens,” Durie says. “The idea is they have to face their fears and then learn to fall in love with their own backyard again.”
Durie’s makeovers include everything from an artist retreat to a cabana, a mini golf course and a vertical garden.
“I’ve never really had problems coming up with the ideas,” he says. “It is building them in limited time frames with small budgets that really is the challenging part.
Durie says the show was lifechanging for the families.
“There is no point in building people beautiful gardens unless they’re truly a part of the process. Only then will they feel respectful of what’s been built and not take it for granted and spend time maintaining it when you’re gone.”
OUTBACK NATION, LIFESTYLE HOME, MONDAY, 9.30PM