Indigenous: The Making of My Native Garden

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Gardeners - 170 pages
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. Indigenous is a testament to Don Burke's commitment to educating gardeners everywhere about Australian native plants. - BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - misspeggy - LibraryThing

A brilliant book. It clearly records Don's lifelong passion for his work, his persistence and his sheer bloody-mindedness in getting his projects off the design board and into reality. A no nonsense ... Read full review

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Outstanding book for any aspiring native gardener. Beautiful photos. Lots of practical tips. Also some quirky and original ideas. Shows one man's determination to overcome, and should be inspiration for many gardeners who want to showcase Australia's own flora. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. 


Contents Introduction
Building the backyard dream
Bushland beginnings
Reclaiming the bush
Driveways and dream homes
The main plantings
Ponds dams and waterfalls
The good life and wildlife
Pet projects
Dons practical tips
Photographing Dons Garden

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About the author (2004)

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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