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TV gardening expert, to unveil new people's garden
TV gardening expert, Katie Rushworth, to unveil new people's garden at Bradford Garden Centre
Further to the recent announcement of her year- long partnership with Tong Garden Centre, Leeds based garden designer and TV presenter Katie Rushworth will unveil her inspirational people's garden at the Tong Lane business next month.
The ITV Love Your Garden co-presenter will officially open the show garden, brought to life by Katie and Tong's team of gardening experts, at 11am on Sunday, 7th May.
Tong Garden Centre's Marketing Manager, Jo Dales is looking forward to seeing Katie's design, "Katie has worked hard with our outdoor plants team to transform an area of the garden centre to create an easy to replicate ‘people's' garden that will inspire and enthuse our customers all year round. We look forward to revealing the garden to the public at the official launch."
Although the full planting schedule is a closely guarded secret until 7th May, the 5.4 x 4.7m garden will include Yorkshire grown plants, a water feature, specimen planting and an area to entertain children and encourage wildlife.
The garden will be refreshed as the seasons change, with touches that Katie knows people can achieve in their own gardens. There will also be ‘how to' leaflets to help people to recreate Katie's simple ideas at home.
Throughout the year, Katie will also be on hand to lend her expertise for a series of planting videos and will be sharing the secrets of her success in a two hour gardening masterclass and book signing on Friday, 23rd June. Tickets include free tea and cake on arrival and cost £12, or £20 to include a signed copy of Katie's book, Plants, beds and borders, and are available from www.tonggardencentre.co.uk.
The seventh series of Love Your Garden, the programme that transforms the gardens of deserving people throughout the UK, starts filming this month.
Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.
12 noon, Sunday 7th May
Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, Bradford BD4 0RY
The ITV Love Your Garden co-presenter will be unveiling the people's garden that she has designed, built and planted for Tong Garden Centre. Press release above refers.
What's the plan?
Katie will be available for photos from 12pm to 12.10pm on 7th May.
For more information about Tong Garden Centre, please visit www.tonggardencentre.co.uk