Explore antiques, art at fair in Snohomish

  • Wed May 5th, 2010 4:27pm
  • Life

It’s time to go antiquing in Snohomish, always a hotbed of things old and interesting.

The Historic Downtown Snohomish Antiques &Arts Faire, now in its second year, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 at First Street and Union Avenue.

Admission and parking are free.

More than 75 artists, antiques purveyors and other vendors will offer the one-day open-air market, rain or shine.

Longtime antique tin can collector Doug Rhoades of Snohomish, featured on the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” will share his collection of cans and labels, dating back to the 1870s.

Mike Odell, an auctioneer and antiques appraiser, will provide free appraisals.

See www.snohomishfaire.com or call 425-244-6967 for more details. Learn more about Rhoades and his book, “Labels, Leadville and Lore,” at www.labelsandlore.com.

Drip, drip, drip: Irrigation systems are just the thing for home gardeners who want to save on watering costs and labor.

Snohomish County master gardener Jeff Thompson will again teach a class on how to build drip systems for home flower and vegetable gardens from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Washington State University Extension at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Thompson, affectionately known as “Mr. Tomato,” grows thousands of tomato starts for the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s annual plant sale with the help of irrigation.

He will show participants what they will need to purchase, how to put a system together and how to customize and expand a system.

Registration is required. The cost is $20 per person or $25 for two people sharing materials.

To register, go to www.snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/workshops/registrationform.pdf and download a registration form — use “Drip Irrigation” as the class title — and mail it with a check to Washington State University Extension, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208; or call Karie Christensen at 425-338-2400; or e-mail klchristen@cahnrs.wsu.edu.

Garden photos: In honor of the spring gardening season, The Herald is asking readers to share their best before-and-after digital photos.

Pictures could be of your latest garden or container planting renovations, weeding victories, impressive plant transformations or just random garden oddities that resulted in dramatic changes to your yard and, of course, cool before-and-after images.

We need both before-and-after images, so if you don’t have any, be sure to take some befores, uh, before your next project.

Send two digital images (preferable only two) to garden writer Sarah Jackson at sjackson@heraldnet.com.

She’ll post them on The Herald’s gardening blog at www.heraldnet.com/mudraker.

See before-and-after photos of Jackson’s vegetable garden renovations in Edmonds at www.heraldnet.com/mudraker.

Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037, sjackson@heraldnet.com.