The Lazy Gardener


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By Don Burke
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 271
Book Size 214 x 151 x 18 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint Reed New Holland
Release Date 1 Nov 2008
Subject Classification Gardening / Gardening: plants / Gardening: flowers

Creating the perfect garden should be simple and fun and, with a little know how, it can be. In The Lazy Gardener, Don Burke has created a fuss-free guide to low-maintenance gardening. With a sense of humour Australians have come to know and love, Don inspires us to create fabulous havens for kicking back and relaxing, tells us how to grow fruit and vegetables the easy way and reveals how to design magical play areas for children. He introduces us to the wonders of manure,
solutions to weed control and provides a comprehensive guide on when to plant just about everything.

Don Burke is one of Australia s foremost experts on gardening. Through long-running lifestyle television programs Burke s Backyard and Backyard Blitz, as well as Burke s Backyard magazine, Don Burke is a household name. With his help, families across the country have been transforming their backyards into fabulous
outdoor living spaces for more than 25 years.

Don Burke

Don Burke is a lifelong gardener and budgerigar breeder. He began breeding budgies in the 1950s mentored by the pioneering greats of the budgie world. He was fascinated by genetics in high school which culminated in him winning a high school science competition for his work on budgerigar genetics, taking his budgie-breeding prowess to the next level. He graduated as a tree surgeon and horticulturist from TAFE where he was President of the Students’ Association and went on to be NSW President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture. He was also a board member of the University of NSW Science Advisory Committee. Don became a very popular Australian television and radio personality and author of over 10 books on gardening including best sellers ‘The Lazy Gardener’ and ‘Organic’. He is best known as the creator and host of the extremely successful Logie-award winning TV show ‘Burke's Backyard’, which began in 1987 and ran for 17 years on Channel 9. He also produced TV series ‘Backyard Blitz’ another highly successful program that launched the careers of other well-known personalities. Don was a former board member of Landcare Australia and was a member of the founding groups for Greening Australia & Year of the Tree. He instigated the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) -now known as Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)– and was on the board for 3 years. He also lobbied for and achieved NSW legislation banning environmental weeds. In 2010 he received the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of services to conservation and the environment through advisory roles, to the horticultural industry, and to the media. Throughout it all, Don has always bred budgerigars, maintaining his aviaries and meticulously logging all his pairings, colour creations and dedicating himself to ensure the functional form and health of his birds. In 2015 Don & Bob Pitt set up the Australian Heritage Budgerigar Association. Don also writes articles on heredity and genetics for University of Sydney Veterinary Science Faculty scientific publication, C&T research journal. Don’s latest book, ‘Budgerigars, The Colour Revolution’, is the culmination of a life’s work and is an invaluable reference for fellow breeders wanting to expand their skills or beginners wanting to make a start.