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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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  • They have a couple different gardens to walk through with native plants and cacti to look at, some of which are very interesting looking. At the end of the garden is a memorial to William Wrigley Jr. ...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Amazing plants. Beautiful sights. We had an awesome guide, who knew a lot of history. Great place to visit.  more »
  • Was a bit of a hike but it was sure fun! Had a great view and it was quite a site to see . It is well worth the time to see it .  more »