German Village Gazette

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Garten Club isn't just about digging in the dirt

Monday April 1, 2013 9:52 PM

Probably the biggest misconception about the German Village Garten Club is that it is a club for gardeners.

After all, Garten Club volunteers have been digging, planting and weeding since 1966, increasing German Village beautification efforts each year-for everyone's enjoyment.

It's easy to forget that we are also a club for garden lovers.

Many people -- my wife included -- have never voluntarily gardened in their lives.

It's not that she, and a lot of other people, don't enjoy a beautifully landscaped garden or park. They think they are great places to have a glass of wine, read a book, or take a stroll.

It's just that they don't want to do the work necessary to maintain a beautiful garden.

If a lack of gardening ability (or interest) has kept you from joining the club, take a walk through The Village and admire the year-round floribunda in the public spaces created and maintained by Garten Club members. Hopefully, you will consider supporting these efforts.

Take Frank Fetch Park. The club's proudest achievement started with a large pile of dirt owned by the city in 1966 and is now an award-winning mecca resembling a social garden in Munich.

The antique gas lights, hanging baskets, park benches, lush plantings, pergola and fountain make Columbus Underground's "Best Hidden Gem" an incredible park for tourists, artists, and Villagers.

The Garten Club has worked hard to make Frank Fetch Park into a place where Villagers gather for free Third Sunday Concerts, Saturday Night Movies, and annual Holiday Tree Lightings.

This enchanted place is also used for reading, lunch breaks, children's story-telling, and a quiet place at the end of the day.

But that's not all. We also plant 24 sidewalk boxes along Third Street with spring flowers, colorful tropicals and annuals for the summer, and decorated holiday trees.

How do we do it all? We all know it takes money to achieve most anything and we need the continued support of the community.

The Garten Club recently joined with the Friends of Schiller Park to raise funds for both of our groups (donate at germanvillage.com -- please indicate Blooming Fund).

In addition to membership dues and donations, we also sponsor spring signature events at the German Village Meeting Haus.

Jazz and Juleps is the best spring party in German Village and will be held on at 7 p.m. May 10, featuring live music, fantastic appetizers, juleps, and first pick of the goods being offered at GartenMarkt.

The price for admission is only $30 per person, with $10 being tax deductible.

May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., GartenMarkt offers exotic succulents, connoisseur annuals and perennials, herbs, tropicals, hostas, lush hanging baskets, and unique decorative items for your garden and home.

So, whether you are a gardener or a garden lover, I urge you to support us.

To join the club (the best $20 you will ever spend), make reservations for Jazz and Juleps, get GartenMarkt information, plant order forms, or more information about us, go to germanvillagegartenclub.com.

German Village Garten Club President Bob Mullinax submitted the Village notebook column.

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