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Charlie Dimmock entertains crowds in Boxgrove

Charlie Dimmock joined Hilary Tupper, chairman of the Festival of Flowers and flower arranger  Robin White at Boxgrove village hall  Picture by Louise Adams C140230-1 Chi Charlie Dimmock SUS-140303-144026001

Charlie Dimmock joined Hilary Tupper, chairman of the Festival of Flowers and flower arranger Robin White at Boxgrove village hall Picture by Louise Adams C140230-1 Chi Charlie Dimmock SUS-140303-144026001

A green-fingered gardener has delighted audiences in Boxgrove.

Charlie Dimmock, best-known for working on BBC gardening programme Ground Force, is patron for the Chichester Festival of Flowers 2014.

She gave a talk at Boxgrove Village Hall ahead of the festival which starts in May.

Craig Sergeant, director of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust, which runs the festival, said: “Charlie’s talk went down very well.

“She talked a lot about what went on behind the scenes at Ground Force and told some fantastic and entertaining stories.

“She also spoke about some of the gardens the team had worked on, including the one for Nelson Mandela.

“Charlie also explained how she got into gardening.”

The event also included a flower demonstration by Robin White who has been a commercial florist for more than 20 years and competed at RHS Chelsea.

Mr Sergeant said the florist did six or seven big flower arrangements while talking to the audience.

“He could probably also have a career doing stand-up – he was very entertaining.”

More than 170 people turned out for the event.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Flowers and to celebrate the occasion, a unique iris has been grown by the internationally-known French grower, Richard Cayeux of Gien.

The cathedral’s Festival of Flowers is 
set to take place on 
May 29-31.

“We are expecting about 15,000 visitors, so make sure you buy your tickets early to avoid queuing,” said 
Mr Sergeant.

 

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