Butterfly Corner

Published in Washburn County Register, February 8, 2012

News from Xerces Society, “In 2010, with support from the Monarch Joint Venture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant, Xerces Society initiated a multi-state project to increase the availability of milkweed seed for large-scale restoration efforts in California, Nevada, Arizona, New México, Texas and Florida. Xerces is working with native seed producers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Material Program to increase the production of local ecotype native milkweed seed.” The reason for the collaborative milkweed seed project is because pollinators, including the monarch butterfly, are besieged with a threatened migration phenomenon.

Prior to Xerces Society milkweed initiative, Happy Tonics has been selling common milkweed seed since 1999. Milkweed is the only host plant of the monarch butterfly. The seed is offered in the Visitors Center/Store in downtown Shell Lake. The store reopens on Memorial Day Weekend. Out of season, milkweed seed is sold online through eBay. Several seed buyers from around the country are now donors of Happy Tonics nonprofit public charity. Some buyers have gone on to build butterfly gardens at schools and monarch butterfly habitats on their own property. It is good to know that monarch butterfly conservation is an ongoing environmental education act that brings positive results to help the monarch butterfly.

Cindy Dyer, VP Marketing, Happy Tonics, will have a one woman art show at the Horticulture Center, Green Spring Gardens, in Alexandria, Virginia. The exhibit, “Garden Muse: A Botanical Portfolio,” will run February 28 – April 29, 2012. If you wish to take a sneak preview of Cindy’s extraordinary floral and insect photography visit http://www.gardenmuseshow.com  Her garden photography was also honored by Nikon camera in 2011. Here is a link to their Web page featuring Cindy’s garden photography tips at http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Photography-Techniques/gr35ffdt/all/How-To-Grow-Your-Garden-Photography-Skills.html

In summer 2011, Cindy photographed butterflies and native plants while visiting the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake. We are working on a Field Guide – Monarch Butterfly Habitat. The publication will highlight the symbiotic relationship between native plants and pollinators including the monarch butterfly, birds and small animals.

 

 

 

 

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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 EiselPresenters from: BorealScapes, Duluth, MN;Brainerd Lakes area, MN; St. Paul Press
     

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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