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PRESERVING A LEGACY

By Sarah Perez


Honoring William Wrigley Jr – Less than two miles from Avalon’s center is the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. A quiet haven, this beautiful memorial and garden were built to honor William Wrigley Jr., who lived from 1861 to 1932. Famous for guiding the chewing gum company that bears the family name, Wrigley played an instrumental role in the history of Santa Catalina Island. Perhaps his most influential legacy on the Island was his desire to protect its natural and cultural history for future generations to enjoy.

The memorial was built soon after Wrigley’s death. Construction began in 1933 and was completed in 1934. In 1935, Wrigley’s widow, Ada Elizabeth Wrigley, began the first formal garden in this location as an additional tribute to her late husband. She supervised the construction of the original Desert Plant Collection. In 1969, the Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation restored and expanded the garden to 37.85 acres. In 1975, William and Ada’s son, Philip, deeded 88 percent or about 42,000 acres of the Island to the Conservancy to preserve and restore its wildlands. In 1996, the foundation and Conservancy merged, and the latter maintains the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden for locals and visitors to enjoy.



Lay of the Land


Edited by Jerry Roberts

THE ISLAND NATURALIST
Issue #32 / All About Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

IN THIS ISSUE...


Preserving a Legacy
Today’s Botanic Garden
Fact or Fiction: Wrigley’s Body Moved -- Why?
Did You Know …  Isle Material Built Memorial 





Photo by Jack Baldelli

Ninety-nine steps lead up to the memorial, which was built in the 1930s to honor William Wrigley Jr. for his contributions to Catalina Island.



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