Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Avalon

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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden stands as a tribute to William Wrigley Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum company. Wrigley had a strong connection to Catalina Island and played a large role in shaping it for the future. Finished in 1934, the 40 m (130 ft) memorial tower at the center of the gardens marks Wrigley's original burial spot, although his body has since been moved. The memorial--built primarily from material taken from around Catalina Island--overlooks Avalon Bay. The gardens surrounding the memorial were designed by Wrigley's wife, Ada, and contain plants that grow in California but nowhere else in the world. These rare plants are spread throughout 15 hectares (38 acres) of the gardens, and are now tended to by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Make Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden a part of your Avalon vacation plans using our Avalon itinerary builder.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The gardens were not what I expected. I would have thought that there would be more plants and flowers. Could have been the time of year and weather. The Wrigley Memorial was exceptional.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Like a lot on Catalina the Gardens have seen a lot of work since my last visit. Visitor center, tours and upgraded grounds show where the $7 per adult admission fee has gone. Students with IDs, $3, Se...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    lovely scenery, with quite a diversity of fauna to study. Well maintained. Memorial is in great shape.  more »

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