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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Avalon

Categories: Monuments, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.5/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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 really improved the gardens since I was last there several years ago. They do need rain as does all of California. Wonderful views from the top of the Memorial. We walked from the town and t...  read more »
  • Take trolley for a dollar to museum/botanical garden. Trolley runs every 30/35 minutes; can probably see the entire site in that time. $7 entrance fee but hotels usually have a fun card for free admis...  read more »
  • The Botanic Garden and Wrigley Memorial are beautiful. The Memorial is simple yet powerful. The Garden has many plants indigenous to Catalina Island. The Garden to Sky Hike, which begins next to the M...  read more »
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