Two local groups receive gardening grants
Two celebrated green paces in German Village will get an added burst of color this spring, thanks to grants awarded through the Community Gardens program.
Frank Fetch Park was awarded $800 and Huntington Garden in Schiller Park received $1,000 through the program, a joint effort between the city of Columbus and Franklin County.
Each received money last year, as well, with Frank Fetch receiving $1,000 and Huntington Garden, $1,500.
Jerry Glick, a member of the German Village Garten Club, said the money will help pay for shrubs, perennials and tree replacement at the park on East Beck Street.
"Any gift is helpful, really, when you have to finance an entire park," Glick said.
In addition to being caretakers of the park, the club also hosts a summer series concerts in the park, holds educational seminars and takes care of the 23 planters along South Third Street.
On a related topic, the gardening group is holding two major fundraisers: Jazz and Juleps, to be held 7 to 9 p.m. May 10, and GartenMarkt, slated for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11. Both will be held at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
Jazz and Juleps offers patrons first dibs on plants sold at the garden market, as well as food, spirits and live music. Tickets, $30 each, are available at germanvillagegarten club.com.
The GartenMarkt, free and open to the public, will offer unusual plants, hanging baskets, garden art and home-baked goods.
"The German Village Garten Club has for nearly 50 years held a plant and bake sale to provide funds to add floral beauty to the village," said Carol Porter, a member of the club.
"People's hard work in preservation and seasonal flowers are what inspires tourists to visit German Village every year," she said.
Meanwhile, Huntington Garden volunteers, known as "deadheaders," will spend their latest windfall on 500 border plants, said David Gaumer, a member of the gardening group.
"It helps," Gaumer said of the money. "Anything we can get helps."
Those who want to volunteer can join caretakers at Huntington Garden, which is composed of three beds, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.