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To help complete the house makeover we called on Jamie Durie, a landscape designer from Down Under and author of Inspired. He traveled 14 hours from Australia to breathe new life into Zigi and Yusef's tired patio.

Jamie says he thinks of his work as being less about gardening, and more about well-being. "Connecting people with plants does provide well-being," he says. "We're all intrinsically, as humans, connected to plants."

After one look at their patio, with its abundance of harsh sun and burned out plants, Jamie realizes the problem here is neglect. But after he's done with it, Jamie promises, things will be different. "Whoever walks in here, they're going to say, 'Yes, this is where I want to spend my weekends.'"
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Published on January 01, 2006

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