Dig into spring: Local gardening events for your inner flower child

(Photo via Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania)

Get your garden in shape for spring with this selection of horticultural goings-on.

Find out what goes into a successful perennial garden Thursday Mar. 20 at the Well-Mannered Perennial Garden class at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come back again for the Native Plants for Every Garden event on Wednesday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m where attendees can learn how to incorporate native plants into their garden.

Master gardener and Philadelphia Garden Show ribbon winner Russ Strover hosts a two-hour pruning techniques workshop at Roberts Ridge Park in Newtown on Saturday, Mar. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.

If you're interested in growing your own vegetables, but aren't sure where to start, on Saturday, Mar. 22 at 2 p.m., Skippak, PA’s Floral and Hardy’s vegetable gardening class will explore topics such as garden design, planting, care and maintenance for your new crops.

Bartram’s Garden—the oldest botanical garden in North America, located on the Schuylkill River—will be hosting a complimentary gardening workshop Wednesday, Mar. 26 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on how to prepare your soil. Similarly at Hillside Farm in Delaware County will be covering strategies for improving your soil on Saturday, May 4 at their soil health workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. until noon.

If the thought of a full-sized garden seems too overwhelming, start small in Newtown Square on Saturday, Mar. 29 with Mostardi Nursery’s hour-long Fairy Garden Workshop, starting at 10:30 a.m., where participants can make their own miniature gardens complete with "fairy" accessories.

From there, you can learn the art of garden planning and how to get the most out of your harvest at Kensington’s Greensgrow Farms’ workshop on Saturday, Apr. 12 from noon to 2 p.m.

Downton Abbey fans can enjoy a presentation at the Indian Valley Public Library on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 7 p.m. in Telford, PA by master gardener Pauline Myers on the gardens that were designed by or inspired by the designer of Highclere Castle landscape, the property where Downton Abbey is filmed.

Think your garden’s top notch? Then enter the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s 2014 People’s Choice Garden contest. And if you’re more of a garden appreciator than a gardener, take a tour of some of these lush plants and nursuries on Saturday, Jun. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and vote for your favorites online. Winners are announced in September.