The German Village Garten Club next weekend will hold a series of free lectures as part of its annual fundraiser.

The German Village Garten Club next weekend will hold a series of free lectures as part of its annual fundraiser.

The two-day Garten Club event will kick off with "Jazz and Julep" from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. It will offer participants the opportunity to check out the club's selection of plants for the next day's Garten Markt. Admission is $25.

The Garten Markt will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next day, also at the Meeting Haus. Admission is free. This year's theme is "Discovering the Treasures."

An addition to this year's Markt will be "The Big Pot Tent," where five lectures will be presented, said Carol Porter, a Garten Club spokesperson. Lecture topics will include window box design, orchids, new and reliable perennials, pruning and maintenance and a moss basket demonstration.

Kathy Heinlein, president of the Garten Club, will discuss window boxes and moss baskets. She said the lectures are a way to draw participation and offer educational opportunities.

"We thought perhaps it would be advantageous to go through some of the things that people do and add some different lectures," Heinlein said. "In German Village there is a huge interest in window boxes."

The other lecturers will be David Sawyer and Mickey Hamilton.

As a fundraiser, the Garten Markt sells a wide variety of plants that have been brought to the area from throughout central Ohio. The club works almost year round to keep up with local gardening trends and will have thousands of items, Porter said.

"We have anything from your average inpatients to your connoisseur plants," said David Gaumer, a club member and owner of Garden Bouquet.

Porter said club members who go in search of the plants take extra care to ensure they are in good shape.

"Garten Markt has such a tradition of having plants that are hard to find," Porter said. "They are very, very picky; they are healthy. They go out and talk to gardening gurus about certain plants. They know what is on the cutting edge."

Aside from plants, there will also be a number of vendors selling gardening related items. There will be stone work, metal work and jewelry. German Village resident Dennis DeVendra, a woodturner, will show his work.

Proceeds of the annual event support myriad programs, including the maintenance of the 27 flower boxes along South Third Street, educational programs, maintenance of Frank Fetch Park and the "Third Sunday Concert" series.

"It's make or break. That's why we all work so hard," Heinlein said. "It does allow us to keep some color in German Village."

In related news, pre-order sales for red geraniums topped more than 850, Porter said.

The Garten Club is working in conjunction with the German Village Society to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the German Village Haus und Garten Tour. It is both groups' hope that red geraniums will be in bloom for the June event.

"Back in January they were talking about 50 or 60 plants in the pre-order," Porter said.