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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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  • The garden was lovely. We took the city bus and then walked back to town. There are labels on most plants but if you don't already know a lot about the plants it might not be that interesting because ...  more »
  • We opted for the 30-45 min walk slightly uphill walk which was fine since the weather was cool and breezy but it would be less pleasant in July heat. The gardens are on the golf cart scenic tour route...  more »
  • The memorial was beautiful, but the botanical gardens weren't anything special. Just cactus and trees. It was a nice view, and my friend and I saw a fox. That was pretty cool. But that was all it was....  more »

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