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San Fernando Valley Iris Society

                                                         An affiliate of the American Iris Society


Calendar of 2018 Events



Thursday July 5th

The San Fernando Valley Iris Society is happy to present Tracy Drake on the Madrona Marsh Preserve

The Madrona Marsh Preserve, in the city of Torrance is a seasonal wetland with vernal pools. The 43 acres

was a former site of oil wells and is one of the few natural areas remaining within an urban landscape.


Formed eons ago when the mountains of the Palos Verdes Peninsula rose to the south, Madrona Marsh is a shallow

depression fed by wet season (spring) storms as the name "vernal" indicates. After the rainy season, evaporation ,

percolation and transpiration reduce the water depth by about one-quarter of an inch per day.

 By the end of August, the wetland is dry and remains so until the following rainy season.

Situated on land that was set aside for oil production in 1924, Madrona Marsh was never developed while the city grew

up around the site and remains a valuable natural habitat for birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals.

The City of Torrance operates the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in cooperation with the Friends of the Madrona

Marsh. Activities include bird and nature walks, natural history classes and workshops, habitat restoration, science and

astronomy programs, art exhibits, and children's nature programs.

The center opened in 2001 and features exhibits about the plants, birds and animals of the marsh. The nature center for

the Preserve is across the street.

Tracy Drake will be the speaker for the evening and will tell us all about this interesting wildlife place so

close to home.




Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Canoga Park Women's Club,

7401 Jordan Avenue at the corner of Valerio and Jordan, 2 blocks east of Topanga Canyon Blvd, between Sherman Way

and Saticoy St. Refreshments, beginning at 7:00 pm provides an opportunity for all to socialize. At 7:30 pm a brief business

meeting is convened, followed by the evening's program.

Members and visitors are welcome.

For information call the San Fernando Valley Iris Society at 818-346-867

As usual, the plant table with lots iris rhizomes available for purchase. The plant table starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Web Links

American Iris Society:  http://www.irises.org/

AIS Region 15 website:  http://www.region15ais.org

California Garden Clubs:   http://www.californiagardenclubs.org/

Burbank-Valley Garden Club:  http://gardencentral.org/californiagc/bvgc/

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