Charlie Dimmock

Charlie Dimmock

Charlie Dimmock is a gardener who was born in Hampshire on 10th August 1966.

She was an only child and her father Terry was a Merchant Seaman and her mother Sue had her own clothes shop.

Charlie Dimmocks parents nicknamed her 'the brat' during her toddler years!


As a child she helped her grandad with his vegetable garden and in her own garden she liked spending time by the pond.

Gardening lessons at her school lead on to a Saturday and holiday job in a local garden Centre.


From little acorns

A change of career path from initially wanting to study Forensic Science to changing her plans to study Horticulture brought her to our screens.

Charlie spent a year working at the famous Chelsea Physic Garden.

After graduation Charlie Dimmock started work at Romsey Garden Centre before going off travelling, where she met her partner John, with whom she split in 2001. 

On her return to her job she met the TV Producer for Ground Force whilst he was shopping.


Branching out

Charlie Dimmock appeared on Ground Force, which ran for 12 series between 1997 to 2005.

Ground Force Presenters
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Charlie starred alongside Alan Titchmarsh and handy man Tommy Walsh on this early TV garden makeover show.

Flame haired Charlie Dimmock soon became a favourite drawing more attention for her braless appearances than her gardening prowess.

Charlie Dimmocks garden designs heavily featured her expertise of water features, maybe those early years spent by the pond paid off?




Charlie Dimmock then went on to flood our TV screen with programmes such as Charlie's Garden Army and Charlie's Gardening Neighbours before disappearing from regularly appearing on our screens for several years.

In 2016 Charlie Dimmock returned with Garden Rescue on our television screens.

The garden makeover show saw Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers compete to have their garden design chosen by the home owner.

David and Harry Rich compete with their modern design flair up against Charlie and her more traditional garden design and the losing gardener helps build the garden.

in 2019, Arit Anderson caused worry amongst Charlie's fans as they were left wondering has Charlie Dimmock left garden rescue when she appeared on the show instead of Charlie 

Arit is now a regular on the show which is now on its 5th series.

Charlie has made numerous appearance on TV programmes like Celebrity MasterChef, The Kumars at no 42, Clarkson, and Loose Women. 

Charlie Dimmock has her own gardening range at Poundland and has appeared in Panto.

When life gives you lemons

Charlie Dimmock's mother Sue and stepdad Rob were sadly lost in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

Charlie took a two year break from television whilst she was grieving.

Charlie Dimmock TV Shows

1997 - 2005
Ground Force

1999 - 2000
Charlie's Garden Army

2000
Charlie's Wildlife Gardens

2000 - 2011
RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2001
Charlie's Gardening Neighbours

2002
The Joy of Gardening (TV Movie)

2003
Charlie and the Duchess

2004 - 2005
Garden Invaders

2012
The Allotment with Charlie Dimmock

2014
Great British Garden Revival

2016
Garden Rescue

Garden Rescue

Series 5
First shown 12 May 2020
Episode 2: Havant

Episode 3: Shrewsbury

Charlie Dimmock Books

1999
'Ground Force' Water Garden Workbook

2000
Enjoy Your Garden: 

2001
Charlie's Enjoy Your Garden

2001
'Ground Force'  Garden Handbook
Alan Titchmarsh et al.

2002
'Ground Force' Container Gardening


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