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By Sarah Perez

Touring the Garden – The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is home to plants from all over the world with a focus on those found on the islands off California and Baja California. Catalina Island is able to support such a diverse variety of plants due to its temperate Mediterranean climate. According to Murray Crow, who has been working in the garden since 1972, many of the plants were grown from seed, collected from other islands or purchased from nurseries throughout California.

The Desert Plant Collection is near the garden entrance. More than 500 species of cacti and succulents grow here. Most of them are from Africa and the Americas. While many of the cacti are edible, others can be highly poisonous and were utilized by California’s native people for their toxic contributions to weaponry. While most of these cacti are not native to Catalina, their quirky and menacing appearance make them a garden favorite.

Further into the garden is the Native Plant Collection. Many of the plants in this group are endemic to Catalina Island. Others are endemic to the other Channel Islands. This is one of two places on the Island or anywhere in the world where Catalina mountain mahogany grows. The only other place it is found is in a remote, wild gully in the Island’s interior. This section also features a small grove of Catalina ironwood, Island oak and Catalina cherry. The fruit of this cherry is a favorite treat of the endemic Catalina Island fox.

At the top of Avalon Canyon – the back of the Garden – stands the impressive Wrigley Memorial. The stone walkways, decorative tiles and spectacular ocean views make this a must-see for Avalon visitors. 

Today’s Botanic Garden

Issue #32 / All About Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden


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

At least one of the hundreds of species of cactus in the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is in bloom during any time of the year.

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Issue #1 / All About Bison

Issue #2 / All About Birds

Issue #3 / All About Plants
Issue #4 / All About Eagles
Issue #5 / All About Ravens & Crows
Issue #6 / All About Natives & Invasives  
Issue #7 / All About Rain
Issue #8 / All About Bison Roundup
Issue #9 / All About Foxes
Issue #10 / All About Weeds
Issue #11 / All About Eagle Hatchlings
Issue #12 / All About Snakes
Issue #13 / All About Diurnal Raptors
Issue #14 / All About Diurnal Raptors II
Issue #15 / All About Giants & Dwarves
Issue #16 / All About Fire Ecology
Issue #17 / All About Mule Deer
Issue #18 / All About Feral Cats
Issue #19 / All About Acorn Woodpeckers
Issue #20 / All About Tachi the Fox
Issue #21 / All About Observing Nature
Issue #22 / All About 2013 Bald Eagle Update
Issue #23 / All About Invasive Plants
Issue #24 / All About Poisonous Plants
Issue #25 / All About the Value of Nature
Issue #26 / All About Edible Invasives
Issue #27 / All About Plants in Summer
Issue #28 / All About Marine Ecosystems
Issue #29 / All About Dominant Rocks
Issue #30 / All About Catalina’s Native American
Issue #31 / All About Catalina Wildlife Fast Facts



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