Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Thursday.
Thursday, September 14
British Cactus and Succulent Society - Northumbria branch, talk, Small and Intermediate Aloes, by John Betteley, St Aidan's Community Centre, Brunton Park, Gosforth, 7.30pm.
Ellington Flower Club, practical, Goodbye Summer, Welfare and Social Centre, Ellington Road, 7.30pm.
Royal Horticultural Society regional lecture, The Gardens of the National Trust, by Stephen Lacey, Town Hall, Market Place, Durham, 7.30pm (book on 0191 301-8693).
Friday, September 15
East Durham and Houghall College, workshop, Turf Maintenance, with Ian Lacy, 1pm (book on 0191 375-4700).
Berwick and District Floral Art Club, demonstration, Anything Goes, Jean McClure of Saltburn, Community Centre, 7pm.
Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17
Northumberland and Durham Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, annual show, Cowell's Garden Centre, Woolsington, Sat 1-5.30pm, Sun 10.30am-3.30pm.
Tuesday, September 19
Sunderland Floral Art Club, demonstration, Autumnal Surprises, by Val Guest of Sedgefield, Royalty Theatre, off Chester Road (near University Metro station), 2pm.
Ponteland Floral Art Club, demonstration, Something New, by area demonstrator Susan Hall of Saltburn, Memorial Hall, Darras Road, 7.30pm.
Stocksfield Plants and Gardens Society, talk, Plants for the Bog Garden, by Jonathan Archer, Community Centre, Mountview Terrace, 7.30pm.
Wednesday, September 20
Callerton Garden and Flower Club, demonstration, Sheer Jeanious, by area demonstrator Jean McClure of Brotton, Memorial Hall, Darras Road, Ponteland, 2pm.
Gateshead Floral Art Club, demonstration, Touch of Class, by Valerie Guest of Sedgefield, Caedmon Hall, Central Library, 7pm.
Brunton Park Floral Art Club, presentation of £500 raised at club open evening to Great North Air Ambulance, and demonstration, Autumn Bounty, by Joy Taylor of Hexham, St Aidan's Community Centre, 7.30pm.
Whickham Gardeners' Association, illustrated talk, In my Garden, by Walter Dinning, Community Centre, 7.30pm.
Thursday, September 21
Corbridge Gardening Society, talk, Clematis, by Colin Brown, Parish Hall, St Helen's Street, 7.30pm.
Cramlington Floral Art Club, demonstration, The Spice of Life, by Cynthia Scott, Community Centre, 7.30pm.
Warkworth and District Flower Club, demonstration, Something Different, by Pamella Alexander of Ponteland, Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.
Whitley Bay Floral Art Group, demonstration, Celebrations, by Audrey Swinburne and Joan Laidlaw, Methodist Church Hall, Oxford Street, 7.30pm.
Dunelm Flower Club, demonstration, A Man for All Seasons, by national demonstrator Lesley Smith of Bolton, Lecture Theatre, Durham University, Elvet Riverside, 7.30pm.
Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
Hexham and District Flower Club with St Aidan's Ladies and Nursery, flower festival, Random Harvest, in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, St Aidan's United Reformed Church, Hencotes, 9.30am-8pm (Sun 12.30-3.30pm).