Jamie Durie, Amanda Keller, Barry DuBois and Miguel Maestre return in season five of The Living Room.
Jamie Durie, Amanda Keller, Barry DuBois and Miguel Maestre return in season five of The Living Room. Channel 10

Jamie Durie shares his Valentine's Day tips

JAMIE Durie has some handy tips for any blokes struggling with their Valentine's Day plans.

The landscape designer returns tonight as the gardening expert in the fifth season of The Living Room, Channel 10's lifestyle show hosted by Amanda Keller.

"For the guys out there thinking about doing roses, the card means everything," Durie tells APN.

"You've got to put your heart and soul into it and be honest and upfront."

In the show's romantic, Valentine's Day-themed edition, Durie will follow the life of the rose from farm to vase and provides his top tips on how to extend their life once you get them home.

Australian's spend more than $90 million a year on flowers for the annual holiday, with the rose being the traditional choice.

Jamie Durie with roses in a scene from The Living Room's Valentines Day episode.
Jamie Durie with roses in a scene from The Living Room's Valentines Day episode. Channel 10

"People love to show their emotions through roses," he says.

"The colour means everything. Red means love, pink means infatuation and yellow can mean jealousy. They really allow you to express yourself in a lot of different ways.

"You can grow roses pretty much anywhere in Australia, but it's tough to grow them in the tropics.

"Traditionally they need a cool, dry area, so Sydney and Melbourne do very well and Adelaide and Tasmania are even better."

It's a busy year for Durie, who recently opened his first showroom in Sydney featuring his new range of outdoor furnishings.

"I've been developing a range of furniture I call transferior," he says.

"It's built for indoors and outdoors. It's all about giving people the freedom to furnish their outdoors the same way they do indoors."

He has also been put in charge of updating the outdoor spaces of the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast

"I'm redoing the tiger island habitat and a number of other zones over the next few months," he says.

"I love working with animals. As long as you give them a habitat that feels like it's natural then I think there's nothing wrong with that.

"I've got to look at the natural habitat but also make sure the tigers and the human beings can interact in a way where children can learn more about the animals and view them but the animals still have a nice habitat."

The Living Room returns tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10.



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