The 5-Minute Interview: Charlie Dimmock, TV gardening expert

'If I wear a skirt at a function, people ask where my jeans are'
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Charlie Dimmock, 40, launched Oxfam Unwrapped at Oxfam's Bond Street store on Monday. Her second series of 'River Walks' for ITV Meridian will air next year

As part of Oxfam Unwrapped I...

Dressed the window using plants and seeds and colourful material from Africa. The idea is that you fund the provision of a tool kit, trees or a health worker's training for poor countries.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Refencing my garden because my dog, Tarah, keeps escaping.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Litter in the street.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Four years ago, a friend from Australia turned up on my doorstep at 6am.

A phrase I use far too often is...

"That sounds fun".

A common misperception of me is...

That I don't wear skirts. If I turn up at a function wearing a skirt people ask: "Where are your jeans?"

I am not a politician but...

I wish politicians would stick to what they said they'd do in the first place.

I'm good at...

Being nice to people.

I'm very bad at...

Singing.

The ideal night out...

With friends having a few drinks in the local pub.

In moments of weakness I...

Eat something out of the fridge that I shouldn't.

You know me as a TV personality but in truer life I'd have been a...

Gardener.

The best age to be is...

28 to 32.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Enjoy what you do. You spend most of your time working so if you don't enjoy it you should try something else.

Sara Newman

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