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Indigenous : The Making of My Native Garden - Don Burke


The Making of My Native Garden

By: Don Burke


Published: 1st October 2012
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Practical advice blended with memoir, in an inspirational tribute to our native flora from Australia's favourite gardener, Don Burke.

This is the story of how Don Burke built his dream, transforming a bush block with virtually no soil - a barren rocky hillside in a dry rainshadow area - into a family retreat with a lush native garden that looks as if it's been there forever.

The plantings in the garden are a showcase of what can be achieved with native garden design, and how a garden can become a habitat for native wildlife. The garden has evolved over time and Don shares all the highs and lows, offering information not only on native gardens, but also on building driveways, installing ponds, dams and waterfalls, bagging bricks, keeping pets and much more.

Indigenous is a testament to Don Burke's commitment to educating gardeners everywhere about Australian native plants. It features their endless possibilities and shows in the most practical and inspiring way how to make a garden a beautiful place that Australian families and native wildlife can both enjoy in harmony.

About the Author

After humble beginnings on the radio as The Lazy Gardener', Don Burke launched his television career with Burke's Backyard, a gardening program he devised and produced with his wife Marea. It went on to become a mega-ratings hit and kick-started the immensely popular trend for Australian lifestyle shows. Not only does it continue to attract huge audiences, there is also a top-selling Burke's Backyard magazine and award-winning website.

Don and Marea Burke started work on their indigenous garden on the outskirts of Sydney in 1984.


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Interesting native garden book


from Melbourne, Vic

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Indigenous:

    Great as a reference in setting up an Australian native garden, Dons descriptive detail and knowledge makes this book a "must have" in any gardener native garden collection.
    Only bit that could have been excluded were the chapters about his start in media, irrelevant to the book.

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    Introduction 1..Chapter 1 Building the backyard dream..Chapter 2 Bushland beginnings ..Chapter 3 Reclaiming the bush ..Chapter 4 Driveways and dream homes..Chapter 5 The main plantings ..Chapter 6 Ponds, dams and waterfalls ..Chapter 7 The good life and wildlife ..Chapter 8 Pet projects ..Chapter 9 Don's practical tips ..Index
    Don Burke

    Donald William "Don" Burke (born 16 July 1947) is an Australian television personality and author. He is best known as the long time host of Burke's Backyard, a lifestyle program which ran for 17 years from 1987 to late 2004 on the Nine Network. It has returned several times over recent years with a number of Burke's Backyard Specials. The show has now returned again with several segments on Nine's A Current Affair. There is an ongoing monthly magazine titled Burke's Backyard also.

    Burke was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2010 for service to conservation and the environment through advisory roles, to the horticultural industry, and to the media as a television presenter.

    Visit Don Burke's Booktopia Author Page

    Don Burke

    Outside of his TV work, Don has been Associate Editor of the trade journal Australian Horticulture for five years and Editor in Chief of Burke's Backyard Magazine which began in 1998. He is the author of more than 10 books, including The Lazy Gardener, six volumes of Burkes Backyard Information Guide, Home Grown, Indigenous and Burke's Backyard Ultimate Book of Fact Sheets.

    Visit Don Burke's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781743311080
    ISBN-10: 1743311087
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 176
    Published: 1st October 2012
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.0  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.72
    Edition Number: 1