TV gardening expert unveils new people’s garden at Bradford garden centre

Katie Rushworth cuts the ribbon to open her show garden with Mark Farnsworth looking on

Leeds based garden designer and TV presenter Katie Rushworth unveil her inspirational “people’s garden” at Tong Garden Centre.

The ITV Love Your Garden co-presenter officially opened the show garden, that has been brought to life by Katie and Tong’s team of gardening experts, in front of a large crowd. 

Among the audience was Lucy Cullimore from Huddersfield who said: “I always watch Katie on ITV’s Love Your Garden, she’s really natural with loads of good ideas to try at home. Her show garden is beautiful, it’s really inspiring and makes me think about the zones I want to create in my garden. I especially love the planted wall, it’s a real focal point and looks great.” 

The 5.4m x 4.7m garden features a selection of Yorkshire grown plants, a water feature, specimen planting and areas to relax in, entertain children and encourage wildlife. 

Katie, who is working with Tong on a year-long series of projects, said: “I really champion local, independently-owned garden centres and I’m really proud to be working with such a great team at Tong. Everyone is always so helpful and knowledgeable, it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them to bring this garden to life. 

“My show garden is about creating something accessible for people to replicate, and so I have included solutions for problems that we all encounter in our gardens, such as an area of shade planted to look good despite the lack of sunshine. I’m always asked about low-maintenance plants that look good all year round, so my mixed border is planted to deliver texture, form and colour throughout the seasons.” 

The garden will be refreshed as the seasons change, with touches that Katie knows people can achieve in their own gardens. Visitors to Tong can also pick up ‘how to’ leaflets to help them to recreate Katie’s simple ideas at home.

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