Madhurst festival all set for summer

THE programme of events at this year’s MADhurst Festival will break new ground in holding the inaugural MADhurst Gardeners Question Time.

A guest panel of local experts has been put together for the evening of Thursday, August 23 that includes John Humphris, holder of the RHS Victoria Medal and president of the Professional Gardeners Guild, Owen Sparey, RHS trained owner of local gardening company, Your Garden Gurus, Dave Masters, head gardener at Nymans for 25 years before retirement, plus Sam Gullivan, propagation expert at RHS Wisley.

MADhurst chairman Simon Goodale said: “We have been looking to extend the festival programme into new areas this year and are so lucky that such a prestigious panel of specialists have agreed to take part in the festival foray into a new area.

“Music, art and drama make up the MAD of MADhurst and we have now added the ‘H’ with Horticulture.

“This is fitting considering the area and the range of local organisations from allotment societies to flower arranging clubs that are devoted to the land.”

MADhurst Gardeners Question Time is at the Liberty Hall at The Grange Centre. For details visit