(1947-07-16) 16 July 1947 (age 68) New South Wales, Australia
television presenter, producer, author and landscaper
Donald William "Don" BurkeOAM (born 15 July 1947) is an Australiantelevision presenter, television producer, author and horticulturist. He is best known as the longtime host of Burke's Backyard, a lifestyle program produced by his wife's company CTC Productions which ran for 17 years from 1987 to late 2004 on the Nine Network. He was also responsible of for the creation of garden makeover program Backyard Blitz, starring former colleague Jamie Durie and Renovation Rescue
In 2004, Business Review Weekly listed Burke among its top 50 entertainers list, saying he earned A$8.5 million in 2003.
Burke is a professional Horticulturist and former board member of Landcare Australia Limited and has been active in a number of other public roles. He has been an outspoken critic of numerous environmental advocacy groups. In July 2005, Burke became the Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation, a group that has links to the politically conservative Institute of Public Affairs.
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. Burke appeared on A Current Affair in July, 2015, with his wife Marea discussing her health battles, including AVM and breast cancer.