Meet Charlie Dimmock

Once of Britain's best known and best loved gardeners, Charlie Dimmock was the feminine voice of the Ground Force team. Find out more about her here.

Meet Charlie Dimmock

Fun fact

  • Charlie's mother Sue wanted her to be called Daffodil or Dandelion, or Virgil if she was a boy!

Charlie Dimmock first came to the nation's attention on BBC1's incredibly successful Ground Force - the producer/director of the show had met her five years previously when Charlie built a pond for the Meridian TV series, Grass Roots. Though no longer in production, Ground Force had 11 very successful series and Charlie helped to transform countless gardens, including those of famous people such as Nelson Mandela, who told Charlie that she looked like a Spice Girl!

Going solo
Charlie went gone on to present two BBC series of her own, Charlie's Garden Army and Charlie's Wildlife Gardens and has more recently appeared in Charlie's River Walks in which in which she walked along various rivers in Southern England, visiting landmarks and attractions along the way.

Charlie trained for four years as an amenity horticulturalist in Winchester and Somerset - and she was a bit of a swot, receiving a distinction for both her BTEC Diploma in Amenity Horticulture and National Technical Certificate in Turfculture and Sporting Management. A year of her training was spent at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Charlie on paper
Charlie has been a regular contrubutor to the Mail on Sunday and has her own CD-Rom, Charlie Dimmock's Water Garden Designer. She has also published her own book, Enjoy Your Garden and the BBC titles Ground Force Container Gardens and Ground Force Water Garden Workbook plus a 400-page magazine At Home With Charlie.