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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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  • Terrific cactus and native plants garden with tropical plants from all over the Hemisphere as well. Wrigley Memorial an Art Deco lumbering giant, but walk up the mountain from it reveals a fine view o...  more »
  • For those horticulturists and anyone who enjoys plants this is a must see. You can take a 10-minute bus ride from Avalon to the entrance. You can wander up the hill through the gardens at your own pac...  more »
  • Cactus she wants, so I went to the Botanical Gardens here. There are plenty of unusual plants, so you can enjoy. You can admire if you climb on the Wrigley's grave, with sea view, weather permitting, until the mountains of Los Angeles.
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