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. PutWrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden into our Avalon trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden reviews
This place is beautiful. The memorial itself was very interesting and beautiful. The gardens had beautiful and unique plants. more »
One of the most romantic places on Catalina is the Wrigley Botanical Garden. It is a peaceful place to sit and meditate among the beautiful variety of plants that grow in the chaparral environment... more »
Great place to take your time and explore! Lots of small paths with beautiful plants and flowers to admire. A great stop along the golf cart paths when exploring Catalina Island. There are public restrooms and water fountains in the gardens as well.
Such a serene atmosphere. We got to see plants that were different to anything we've ever seen. To our surprise two deer came out of the bushes and ran right by us! It nearly gave us a fright, but it was neat!
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