Continuing my story from yesterday, Brian & I spent our last day inland. A thirty-minute stroll from Avalon City center is the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens. The memorial honors the memory of William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum giant. At the base of the memorial is a lovely botanical garden
The garden was first established in 1935 and was the brain child of Mrs. Wrigley’s wife, Ada. It was intended to be a desert plant collection to showcase species from every corner of the earth.
In 1969 the garden was expanded and revitalized with new plants and with a new attitude…the garden now places a special emphasis on California island endemic plants.
Many of these plants are extremely rare, and some are on the Endangered Species list.
The memorial itself is amazing. Completed in 1934, it was designed by the Chicago architecture firm Bennett, Parsons and Frost. The goal in building the structure was to use as much Catalina materials as possible.
Quarried Catalina stones can be seen in the reinforced concrete construction.
Stairs and doors and “window” openings beckon
The tile used throughout came from the Catalina Pottery plant, which was in operation from 1927 to 1937.
Though William Wrigley Jr. was interred here for a short time, he is now buried in Pasadena. The original dedication plaque remains.
But I have to say that with all this lovely architecture, the one element that intrigued me the most were these bronze doors. They seem to be a metaphor for the way I’ve been feeling over the past several months. I feel like I’m at a doorway in my life
Not sure if “my” doorway will lead up or out
I just know that eventually I will need to pass through.
This feeling and these thoughts caused me to retreat into a self-imposed isolation of sorts. I backed away from my usual Social Media participation, stuck to the house, and have been doing quite a lot of journaling. It has been awhile since I’ve been alone with myself and it has felt good. I need to do this more regularly.
Well, that’s it for me. If you’ve ever thought you might like to visit Santa Catalina Island, I would highly recommend it.
Thanks so much for stopping by.