|Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden
Tucked away in a canyon high above Avalon is one of the Island's most
popular tourist attractions, the beautiful Wrigley Memorial and Botanical
Garden. The garden is a showcase for hundreds of native plants, many of
which only grow on the sixteen islands off California and Baja. The garden
was started by the Wrigley family who planted a desert plant collection
Nowadays, this nearly thirty-eight-acre garden is owned and operated
by the Catalina Island Conservancy. A non-profit organization dedicated
to the preservation of California Island Native Plants.
One of the rare trees you'll see in the garden is the Catalina Ironwood,
a tree that exists nowhere else in the world but Catalina. The island's
temperate marine climate makes it suitable for growing plants from every
corner of the earth. And since many of the plants on display are so rare,
the garden has taken steps to preserve them. And rare plants aren't the
only thing capturing visitors attention, the Wrigley memorial overlooking
the garden is also a must see.
It was built in 1933 and 1934 with the goal of using as much Catalina
material a possible. Whether you want to see rare Island plants or learn
a little history about the Wrigley family the botanical garden is a place
you won't want to miss on your visit to this enchanting Island.
For more information about the garden visit the website at: www.catalinaconservancy.org