The Wrigley Memorial was built in honor of William Wrigley Jr., of Wrigley’s gum. He spent much of the 1920s developing the island and turning it into a destination, which included making it the spring training location of the Chicago Cubs. In honor of Wrigley’s love for Catalina, the memorial was built using materials from the island. His wife, Ada, started the garden by having the desert plant collection installed. It is still there today and features multiple species of cacti. Since the garden’s founding, the collection of plants has grown to include species native to the island and not found anywhere else. Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden
is about a 30-minute uphill walk from Avalon, or you can get there by golf cart.