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TODAY’S BOTANIC GARDEN

By Sarah Perez


One Garden, Many Uses – The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden has been open to the public for many decades. For a small fee, anyone can wander through and enjoy the beautiful and unique plants found there. The garden is a living laboratory, where expert and novice scientists gather information and study how plants evolve over time. The garden’s herbarium houses thousands of preserved plant specimens, providing a historic record of Catalina’s flora.

The Conservancy’s Education Department often takes groups of students to the garden to teach them about native and invasive plants, plant adaptations, the Island’s history and more. The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden can also be rented as an event venue. Many weddings, fundraisers and other events have taken place at the base of the memorial.

The garden contains the trailhead of the Garden to Sky Hike, one of the Island’s best and most popular – if rather steep – hikes. The round trip is about 2.4 miles – up to the Divide Road, where trekkers can soak in impressive views of both the leeward and windward sides of the island – and back.

Future plans for the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden include grouping plant exhibits by ecosystem, updating and creating more interpretive exhibits and updating the facilities in order to increase event capabilities.



Fact or Fiction? Was William Wrigley Jr.’s body moved from the Wrigley Memorial out of fear Catalina would be attacked in World War II?



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 Alexa Johnson

Participants in the Conservancy’s Kids in Nature program enjoy the view from the Wrigley Memorial while learning about the Island’s unique flora.



Missed recent issues?
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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