First the newspaper boxes, now the flower boxes.

First the newspaper boxes, now the flower boxes.

As German Village officials attempt to spruce up South Third Street, they have turned their attention to the 24 flower boxes along the corridor.

The German Village Garten Club, which is responsible for maintaining the boxes, has agreed to redesign and replace the containers.

And that will come with a hefty price tag: $600 to $800 each, or $14,400 to $19,200 total, said Will Eylar, who's a member of the German Village Society streetscape committee and the Garten Club.

The hope is to get individual sponsors to pay for the planters, Eylar said. A plaque will then be displayed in the donor's honor.

"People have already expressed interest in doing it," Eylar said.

The Garten Club spends $6,000 annually on planting and watering flowers and plants in the boxes.

The boxes are placed in four groups of three and individually along Third Street.

Eylar said half of them need to be replaced, which will cost about $3,000.

A separate one in front the Meeting Haus would not be affected, he said.

The boxes under consideration are bigger than those in place now, so it's unclear how they would be reconfigured, Eylar said.

The Garten Club is scheduled to meet Nov. 19 to discuss the proposed redesign.

Any change in the appearance and relocation of the boxes must be approved by the German Village Commission.

The hope is to have them installed by spring, Eylar said.

Holiday trees

The club is looking for sponsors for its holiday tree-decorating effort.

Pine trees will be planted in 17 of the flower boxes.

For $50, a tree can be decorated -- usually involving pictures -- in honor of friends, family members or pets. Orders can be placed at

"It's a great chance to put a photo of your pet on the tree," said Bob Mullinax, president of the garden club.

"It's a fun thing for German Village."

Meanwhile, streetscape committee members have been trying to beautify the various newspaper boxes along Third.

Members complain that the boxes are aesthetically unpleasing and, in some cases, appear to be unused and not regularly maintained.

The committee is mulling several screening options and whether some of the boxes can be removed.