For Tracy DiSabato-Aust, a garden is a private refuge.

For Tracy DiSabato-Aust, a garden is a private refuge.

Even in German Village, a small space can be transformed into a beacon of color, texture, fragrance and dimension, she said.

DiSabato-Aust, a garden writer and designer, will be the featured speaker at a benefit in April for the German Village Garten Club and Frank Fetch Park.

"This is about them creating their own little sanctuary, their own little paradise," she said.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. April 15 at the Meeting Haus. Tickets are on sale at or They are $25 each for members of the garden club or German Village Society, and $30 for all others.

DiSabato-Aust will talk about how to design a small garden that is creative, personal and intimate.

"It is so relevant to the people who live in German Village," she said. "I love the fact that people in German Village are really into gardening."

Plant life is only part of the discussion, DiSabato-Aust said. She also will talk about installing accents, such as bricks and tile, and changing levels to make an area "appear to have greater proportion."

The private Rector garden on East Deshler Avenue, featuring heirloom, native and fragrant plants in a German garden style, also will be part of the presentation. The garden will be featured on this year's Haus und Garten Tour.

Light refreshments will be served and DiSabato-Aust will sign copies of her three best-selling books: "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden," "The Well-Designed Mixed Garden" and "High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants: Tough but Beautiful Plants That Anyone Can Grow."

DiSabato-Aust, 52, said her love of gardening came from three sources: her two grandfathers and a botany teacher at Walnut Ridge High School, from which she graduated in 1977. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University, where she also served as the first horticulturist of the Chadwick Arboretum.

Jerry Glick, a member of the garden club and a former teacher of DiSabato's at Walnut Ridge, said the discussion will be enjoyable and informative.

"And I think a lot of people will get a lot of great ideas," he said.