Katie Rushworth

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Katie Louise Rushworth
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 35)
Leeds
Nationality English
Occupation Gardener
Garden designer
Known for Love Your Garden (TV series)
Spouse(s) Andrew Edwards
Children 2
Website www.katierushworth.com

Katie Rushworth (born 9 May 1983)[1] is a garden designer, gardener and TV presenter from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. In 2012, she successfully auditioned for a presenting role on the ITV television series, "Love Your Garden" as a co-presenter alongside Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and Frances Tophill. She has also been commissioned as a garden designer for many attractions and centres in Northern England, such as Airedale Hospital.

Biography

Rushworth was born in Leeds and received her secondary education at Agnes Stewart High School in Burmantofts,[2] before taking a part time job in the fashion industry and then working full time for Harvey Nicholls in Leeds.[3] After having her daughter, she decided upon a career change as she was travelling around with her job and it was not conducive to raising a child.[3]

A friend asked Rushworth to help out with a bit of gardening and Rushworth found she really enjoyed it; so much so, that she enrolled on a horticultural course at Shipley College (the same college that her future co-presenter Alan Titchmarsh attended).[4] Whilst she was on the course at Shipley College, she decided to go into garden design, which meant transferring to a degree course at Craven College (delivered by Bradford University). It was whilst she was at Craven College that a friend mentioned an e-mail asking for people to audition for Love Your Garden. She was among 90 people who applied for the role and the producers settled on Rushworth after interviews and a callback process.[5]

In 2013, Rushworth was asked to turn on the lights at Bingley's Christmas festival (she was living in the town at the time)[6] and in 2016, Rushworth released a book entitled Plants, Beds and Borders; Create and Maintain your Perfect Garden.[7] In 2017, Rushworth teamed up with a garden centre in Tong to create a "people's garden"[8] and became the designer for a garden outside the children's ward at Airedale Hospital in Steeton, West Yorkshire.[9]

Personal life

In 2008, Rushworth gave birth to a daughter at Airedale Hospital.[10] Rushworth was born and brought up in Leeds, but whilst she was studying horticulture, she lived in Bingley, West Yorkshire.[11] She now lives in Baildon and besides her own daughter, Polly, she has a step-daughter, Schyler, with her husband.[1][5]

References

  1. ^ a b Goodwin, Julia, ed. (March 2017). "What my home means to me". House Beautiful. No. 984. London: Hearst Magazines. pp. 178–180. ISSN 0018-6422. 
  2. ^ "School's out forever". Yorkshire Evening Post. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Beardsworth, Eric (15 February 2017). "Exclusive interview with Yorkshire Rose, Katie Rushworth". Northern Life Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Tickner, Julie (9 March 2013). "Bingley landscape gardener Katie happy to be back in TV presenting role". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Dale, Sharon (26 March 2016). "How gardener Katie Rushworth became TV's Queen of Spades". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Lowson, Rob (1 December 2013). "Star car from Back to the Future at Bingley lights switch-on". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Kyle Books - Plants, Beds and Borders". www.kylebooks.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Geistdorfer, Lillie (13 April 2017). "TV gardening expert to unveil new people's garden at Bradford Garden Centre | Bradford Chamber of Commerce". bradford.wnychamber.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Shand, Alistair (22 September 2017). "TV celebrity to design children's ward garden at Airedale Hospital". Keighley News. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Shand, Alistair (26 September 2017). "TV celebrity to design children's ward garden at Airedale Hospital". Craven Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "TV's Katie Rushworth to switch on Bingley lights". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
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