A Bingley garden designer will swap the potting shed for the small screen after being chosen to present alongside Alan Titchmarsh on his new TV horticulture show.

Katie Rushworth will be a presenter on ITV’s Love Your Garden when the series airs later this month. The married mother-of-two has already filmed two of six, hour-long episodes and will head to Berkshire this week for more filming.

Mrs Rushworth, who is studying a Garden Design foundation degree at Craven College, Skipton, said it had been an “amazing experience” working with Ilkley-born Mr Titchmarsh.

“He just grafts like the rest of us and is always getting his hands dirty,” she said. “He says he’s regaining his Yorkshire accent speaking to me. The odd word keeps coming out and I keep telling him ‘you’re getting there, Alan!’”

The 29-year-old added: “It’s a really exciting, wonderful, amazing experience for me and I have been so pleased to relay some of that excitement of working with Alan on the show back to my friends on the course at Craven College.”

Mrs Rushworth was among 90 people selected for auditions and was invited for another interview before being offered the job. She said: “I don’t suppose there are that many young women who are so passionate about horticulture. I think I just ticked all the boxes.”

She has been juggling her garden design business, The Queen of Spades, with looking after her four-year-old daughter, Polly, a pupil at Myrtle Park Primary.

But she said she had had “great support” from her daughter and 37-year-old husband Mark. “We are all thrilled but it seems like a dream at the moment,” she said. “My daughter is still getting used to the fact that she will be able to watch me on the programme while I’m sitting in the room with her!”

Last year Love Your Garden showed how some of Britain’s best gardens were created.

This year the producers are going one step further – looking to transform ordinary gardens belonging to deserving people around the country. The first programme is due to go out on ITV1 on Tuesday, June 26, at 8pm. For information about the garden designer, visit the website thequeenofspades.com.