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OF THE WRIGLEY MEMORIAL
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OVERVIEW The memorial at the southern most end of Avalon Canyon is a tribute to William Wrigley Jr., who in 1919, purchased controlling interest in the Santa Catalina Island Company. When Mr. Wrigley passed away in 1932, his wife Ada oversaw construction of the memorial which stands 232 feet wide, 180 feet deep, and 130 feet high from the bottom of its circular stairway to the top of its 80-foot tower. The memorial is constructed almost entirely from materials quarried on Catalina. Only the green marble in the upper level was imported, traveling from Georgia. Mr. Wrigley was interred at the Memorial upon his death in 1932. However, in 1947, his body was moved to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.
To make a donation in support of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, note it on your check and mail it to: Catalina Island Conservancy, PO Box 2739, Avalon, CA 90704. Or specify your wishes and donate online.
In 1935, Ada Wrigley supervised Pasadena horticulturalist Albert Conrad in planting the exotic cactus garden.
Mr. Wrigley’s son, Philip, then President of the Santa Catalina Island Company, and his wife, Helen Atwater Wrigley, founded the Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation in 1970. They called on Mark Hoefs, a horticulturalist who grew up on the Island to assist them. Hoefs and botanist colleagues scoured Catalina and the other California Channel Islands for seeds and cuttings to populate the new garden.
The Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation merged with the Catalina Island Conservancy in 1996. The botanic garden places a special emphasis on Catalina and California Channel Islands endemic plants. Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list. The Island’s endemic plants featured in the garden include: Catalina Bedstraw (Galium catalinense ssp. Catalinense), Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. Floribundus), Catalina Live-Forever (Dudleya hassei), Catalina Mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae), Catalina Manzanita (Arctostaphylos catalinae) and St. Catherine’s Lace (Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum).
The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden will be available once again for Weddings and Receptions beginning in the Summer/Fall of 2017. Please check back in Winter/Spring 2017 for more information.