Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Avalon

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is located at the top of Avalon Canyon - just a short 30 minute stroll up from town! The Garden features a collection of native plants from both Catalina Island, and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Garden also features a collection of succulents from around the world. The park is also home to the Wrigley Memorial. This iconic island landmark was built in 1934 in honor of Catalina Island patron William Wrigley Jr. The unique structure incorporates a variety of native rock and stone, as well as the famed "Catalina tile."
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Breanna S
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My party accidentally found ourselves at the Memorial after hiking the Hermit Gulch trail which connected with the Garden to Sky Hike. The memorial was an impressive structure, even if none of the Wrigley family is buried there anymore. There are some creepy faces seemingly coming out of the walls surrounding the memorial but other than that there was some neat marble work. Since we kind of took the back entrance and were there after hours (they closed at 5, we got there around 6:40), we had the place to ourselves and got some neat shots. There is typically a fee to for admittance to both the botanical garden and memorial which we dodged accidentally. The botanic garden is small and mostly cacti so if you are looking for a vast array of plants and island lush greenery, this is not the botanical garden for you. The island prohibits bringing plants that need a lot of water to the island due to the 10-14 inches average rain fall annually.
Anyways, it was a nice treat for the end of a decent hike, but I don't think I would pay the $10 to see it again.
Written May 3, 2022
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MICHELLE RQ
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Couples
It was our first visit here and it was something we wanted to check off our list.

I love plants and was looking forward to this tour. It wasn’t really a tour and many plant names were missing to identify them as other gardens do have.

The garden grounds are nice and somewhat kept. Most of the plants are typical dry, desert type. We enjoyed the pleasant uphill walk through the trail up to the top. It was quiet and serene.

The Memorial building at the top has a massive appearance from the bottom but it’s not a building you can enter. It’s more of a memorial structure made with beautiful building material. The stone and tile work is wonderful and to think when the craftsmanship was done, it’s impressive.

The Memorial & garden is a part of the island’s history and a place to see but we wouldn’t necessarily go back again.
Written May 7, 2022
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Amy
Bellflower, CA2 contributions
We didn't have time to walk the 1.7 miles trail since we are on a time limit with our golf cart rental. We only did a short walk from the entrance of the garden to the gate on top of the hill. It's a short walk and the view from the gate is very nice. But there really isn't much else to see . The garden trail had various plants, but it was short. The fee is cheap enough, $8 for adult and $6 for senior, that we just considered it donation. But short visit may not be worth it.
Written February 21, 2020
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH686 contributions
We enjoyed our short visit and drove to the location in a rented golf cart. I am big on gardens so this was high on our list to do. This is a very hot and dry area so plan ahead. I think I can safely say that this would not be eveyone's cup of tea but we enjoyed the cacti and the idea. Reading about the Wrigleys history on Catalina in advance helped us understand.
Written November 10, 2021
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McWag_SF
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
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We walked from Avalon to the Wrigley Memorial and then onward to the Garden in the Sky trail marker (tough climb), and back to Avalon. It was a long way (10 miles), but worth the effort. The Memorial building is a super cool example of Art Deco architecture. This is well worth the time.
Written October 14, 2020
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Kathryn T
Pinehurst, NC116 contributions
First advise, don’t walk up from town in the summer! there is a bus system you can take. the gardens are interesting, but it is by and large a a garden for cactus lovers. Especially because of the droughts, it is very dry and plants show the stress. The monument is impressive. There are views of the ocean from up here. Bring some water!
Written August 31, 2021
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA9,188 contributions
I was really hoping to see something as amazing as wild and crazy from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, after all, William Wrigley Jr was one rich AF American during his time. Both Wrigley and Wonka were uber wealthy right?

It's still an impressive moment, sort of. A long curving stone staircase leads to a fairly tall arched tower with some colorful tiles, a fountain(not running during my visit; drought?), a forum, and...and..and...that's pretty much it. No big "WOW" factor. No outrageous William Wrigley Jr statue. No Wrigley Gum sculptures. No golden ticket. No 3 course dinner gum that turns your into a blueberry. No Oompa Loompas singing silly sonnets, though there were some bratty kids running around. Oh, and there's cactuses, lots and lots of different kinds of cactuses.

$8, I'll probably won't return again. Perhaps there is something more awesome for Wrigley in his hometown of Chicago
Written September 25, 2020
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pianogirl66
San Diego, CA63 contributions
We walked from our hotel to the Wrigley Memorial Gardens and it is a pretty good workout. There is a bus that goes along this road too if you haven't rented a golf cart and don't want to walk. The gardens have a lot of variety of desert-type plants and it is really nice. When you walk up the stairs to the top of the Memorial, you have a great view of the whole area and on a clear day can see the ocean.
Written April 29, 2021
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Flo L
Santa Clarita, CA57 contributions
Couples
We hiked from the waterfront. It was a fairly easy hike, and a nice day for it. The botanical gardens were interesting. The view from the memorial depends on the weather. It was hazy for us. It was a good way to get some exercise and see something interesting. I’d recommend it.
Written September 7, 2021
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James H
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany536 contributions
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Beautiful monument in a lovely setting. Good explanations of the characteristics of the structure, but could have been elaborated a bit more. 1.5/mile hike uphill, but not particularly steep. Garden was primarily cactus with some informative signs. We like cactus, so it was alright, but I understand the comments of those who were a bit underwhelmed. Amusing that some of the signs talked about invasive plants being harmful and some described how Mrs Wrigley had brought in plants from around the world. My problem is the price, ten dollars per person for a stroll through . 80 yards of primarily native cactus and to climb a tower is a bit much. .
Written February 4, 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM