|An audience of hundreds on a June-gloomy morning|
Once upon a time, Jamie originally entertained crowds as a member of Australia's Manpower. Think Australian Chippendale revue on a goodwill tour. The Australian of Sri Lankan descent also trained with the of the cast of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas from 1994 to 1996, and mastered a specialised trapeze movement, the Russian flying act. Forget toastmasters, more speakers should learn to dance and fly through the air before standing in front of an audience. Dressed this day in his signature plaid work shirt, denim and boots at where Roger's Gardens, featured him as a speaker, I can't say I remember a "talk" ever feeling so delightfully choreographed. Drop in some music, and this event had the entertainment value of a Broadway production.
What Jamie learned as an entertainer, he now puts to use as is a serious horticulturist and landscape architect with a TV show. The Outdoor Room is one of the few "G"( for garden) shows left on the HGTV Network.
|Jamie admires the copper wire wrapped rain chains|
Ron Vanderhoff, Roger's Gardens General Nursery Manager, explains the product mix of the Costa Mesa gardener's Mecca as 50% plant material and 50% life-style supporting products- making Roger's Gardens simply the best venue to hear the ideal Jamie preaches.
The Outdoor Room is a book you can read- or even just look at the 200 pictures and absorb what Jamie has learned about what makes garden a memorable draw.
Below are some of the images that morning that underscored Jamie's landscape design philosophy- to draw people outside and hold us there-
Gardens need destinations. Places to set and enjoy both company and the surroundings. The most romantic dining rooms I have ever encountered had candlelight and a fireplace. Here, a candle lit chandelier and propane tank dressed as a fire feature make for an absolutely seductive setting.
Above, a Great Room in the great outdoors. Note the focal points- the architecture and amenities are both manufactured and grown -creating a more interesting balance than if only one or the other had been used to design the seductively functional space.
|A simple urn shape covered in a highly geometric and textured finish|
|Alone, planted or as a fountain, a touch of time-worn elegance|
|The sculptural qualities of the seaside rain chains|
|locally crafted by Sunstones of stone and glass to suit your personal color preference|
|A group of 3 or more on the house have the effect of multiple strands of jewelry|
|Fired Scenic Tile provides nearly indestructible artwork|
|Imagine the tile surrounded with glowing red and green tropicals|
|Turned wood Mushrooms - wouldn't they make a wonderful statement standing up in a tray of moss?|
I am hoping the $4,999. combo finds a home in Diamond Bar and I can write more about it
|Jamie looks terrific and I have a serious case of bed-head hair|
Debra Prinzing has a wonderful post with pictures of Jamie's own personal space.
Oh, yeah, before I forget. Kangaroos are more "interesting" than deer.