Posted by: cindydyer | January 28, 2011

The Latest News from Happy Tonics, Inc.

Wisconsin Teacher Inspires a School Butterfly Garden

News from Rhonda Richlen, Spanish teacher, Valley View Elementary Shool, Ashwaubenon, WI. Rhonda bought milkweed seed in 2009 and 2010 from the Happy Tonics online store at http://www.stores.ebay.com/happytonics

Since then, she has been passionate about starting a Monarch Waystation at the school. Rhonda says, “I am so excited by how beautiful it turned out! The 5th Grade Spanish Club students painted the sculpture for our garden focal point and it was donated as a gift to the school at the 5th Grade Graduation ceremony. I will be purchasing some more perennials to add to our garden.”

Happy Tonics is delighted to have inspired a teacher to grow milkweed for the monarchs. We have shipped common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) all over the country since 2008. Our nonprofit donors collect organic and wild grown seed from the East Coast and Midwest for the seed distribution program.

Jeffrey Glassberg, Past President, Xerces Society says, “Today butterflying is moving into a new phase. Primary activities will shift from collecting to field identification and study.” Happy Tonics has always believed in this philosophy especially for the monarch butterflies. The monarch butterfly is at risk as a migration phenomena (3).

Source: Butterflies of North America, An Activity and Coloring Book


Happy Tonics to Exhibit at 11th Annual New Ventures Gardening Seminar

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Northwood School
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:45 a.m.)

Costs: $14 (includes lunch and snacks). Pre-register by mailing payment to Northwood School Community Ed. N14463 Hwy. 53, Minong, WI 54859. More Info.: 715 466-4692 x 501

Four sessions, plus a bonus:

  • Choose the Right Vines for Your Garden, Bonnie Blodgett
  • The Fragrant Garden, Bonnie Blodgett
  • Beautiful Partners, Francois Medion
  • Pruning and Azaleas, Mervin Eisel
  • Presenters from: BorealScapes, Duluth, MN; Brainerd Lakes area, MN; St. Paul Press
The Happy Tonics Exhibit will be about Monarch Butterfly Habitat and IV Annual Washburn County Earth Day Event in Shell Lake on April 23 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  The nonprofit organization will have Three Sisters Native Vegetable Seed and Milkweed Seed for sale at their table. Stop by and say hello.
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