The GartenMarkt in German Village is returning to its roots, so to speak.

And a related event, Jazz & Juleps, is back in its original form.

The annual market, held by the German Village Garten Club, will try to shed its recent arts-and-crafts image by featuring more than 100 species of flowers and plants -- the most ever, said Mickey Hamilton, chairwoman of this year's GartenMarkt.

"We want connoisseur plants," Hamilton said. "We want to educate people on new and different (varieties) and what would work in their gardens. We want success for them."

The event will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 on the platz of the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., and on Willow Street, which will be closed from Lazelle Street to South Third.

Admission is free, and it is open to the public.

Plant enthusiasts can choose from annuals, perennials, succulents, hanging baskets and vegetables, and herbs grown by students at the Ohio School for the Deaf, said Jim Chakeres, president of the Garten Club.

In addition to the multitude of plants, there will be more than a dozen vendors selling such items as candles, glass, decorative table coasters and stoneware, Chakeres said.

"Most of them are new," Hamilton said.

The Cheesy Truck will be parked in the area throughout the day, as will local brewery, Two Tones Brewing Co.

The money raised goes toward maintaining Frank Fetch Park and keeping up platers along South Third Street.

Chakeres said the annual plant sale fits in with the club's mission to "cultivate community one garden at a time."

"It's really the community shopping locally but benefiting locally," he said.

Jazz & Juleps

Jazz & Juleps also makes a return this year. Its theme last year was changed to Mariachis & Margaritas, because the event fell on May 5 -- Cinco de Mayo.

The party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 11 at the Meeting Haus.

Admission is $50. Tickets can be purchased at germanvillagegartenclub.com.

The evening will feature mint juleps, wine and beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Bosc + Brie.

Live music will be performed by the Ben Maloney Trio, a jazz band.

Patrons of Jazz & Juleps will have first dibs on the plants and other merchandise on sale to the public the next day.

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