Don Burke

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Donald William Burke
Born (1947-07-16) 16 July 1947 (age 68)
New South Wales, Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Occupation television presenter, producer, author and landscaper
Spouse(s) Marea Burke

Donald William "Don" Burke OAM (born 15 July 1947) is an Australian television 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 an estimate A$7.2 million in 2004.[1]

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. From July 2005 to late 2008,[2] Burke was the Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation,[3] 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.[4] Burke appeared on A Current Affair in July 2015, with his wife Marea, discussing her health battles including arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and breast cancer.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Australia's 50 richest entertainers". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 7 April 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Mahosey, Jennifer (23 September 2008). "Don Burke Retires as Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation". Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Australian Environment Foundation
  4. ^ "Don Burke OAM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Grimshaw, Tracey (28 July 2015). Don and Marea Burke (video). A Current Affair. (Interview). Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Don and Marea Burke’s secret fifteen-year battle". 28 July 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 

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