Hey Stuart, thanks for alerting us to Aussie Jamie Durie’s debut on "Oprah". Quoting Stuart: "He’s a perpetual celebrity fave and his charismatic personality has increased gardening’s image to wide audiences here in Oz."
But what Stuart didn’t report – surely proof that he’s of the hetero persuasion – is the news that Durie is a "one-time stripper," according to an Australian newspaper. And because here at GardenRant we get to the bottom of important breaking news, here’s more on the story from Wikipedia: "Prior to his television presenting career, Durie was a member of Manpower Australia, a highly popular touring male striptease act similar to the Chippendales." He’s even posed nude for an art magazine. Sex and gardening – now there’s a winning combination.
But back to Oprah (a friend of GardenRant, don’t forget.) She introduced Durie – sporting an ultratight T-shirt – as her "latest discovery" and announced that his garden renovation spots will appear regularly on her show. There are even plans for Oprah to produce gardening shows starring Durie here in the U.S.
But discerning GardenRant readers will ask: Wait – is he just a mow-and-blow guy with hot pecs? A mere petunia-promoter? Well, here’s what we know. In his first makeover report he mentioned the importance of saving
water and cited his own garden back home, mainly cactus and other
succulents. And from the all-Oprah-all-the-time site we find this bit of Durie philosophy: "Connecting people with plants does provide
well-being," he says. "We’re all intrinsically, as humans, connected to
So to recap, regular gardening spots on "Oprah" from an environmentally aware, spiritually enlightened point of view, delivered by a HOT Aussie who’ll be starring in his own gardening shows right here on American television. Looks like Christmas arrived early this year. Or to borrow from another American maven: It’s a good thing.Posted by Susan Harris on November 28, 2006 at 4:59 am, in the category I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV.