Manito Park began in 1904, with 95 acres donated to the city. It had began as Montrose Park but the city renamed it. The word “Manito” is a Native American word meaning “a supernatural force that pervades nature.”
The conservatory was added in 1912. A new all aluminum conservatory and greenhouses were designed and built in 1974. The central dome was redesigned and enlarged in 1988. Flowering plant displays are changed throughout the year. Here’s a post I wrote about the holiday display at the conservatory. katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/…/gaiser-conservatory-holiday-lights-manito-park-spokane-wa
In 1913 a three acre sunken garden was added. It is now called Duncan Gardens. I’m sure it is much more colorful when flowers are planted and blooming.
photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
Here is a photo of the entrance/approach to Rose Hill. Rose Hill was developed in the late 1940’s and hold 150 varieties of various roses. Everything was frozen over when I was there.
I really liked this stone bridge. It was built in the early 1930’s. During the non-winter months there is a loop road that runs under this and allows access to several views and to the Rose Garden.
There are many other areas and features of this park. It is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA 99203 If you are in the area come check it out. There is a playground, a Japanese Garden, a Lilac Garden, a Perennial Garden, picnic shelters, Mirror Pond, and a little cafe open in the summer. You can find out more on their website: http://www.manitopark.org/
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Wow, I had no idea I hadn’t posted in so long. My life has been quite stressful and I’m not really connecting to Spokane. I’ve only been here for two months, but during that time I’ve had two cataract surgeries, along with the stressful living situation I moved into. So needless to say, I have zero sense of belonging here. I need to be here until late Jan. at least so I’m attempting to get out more and explore.
A local friend mentioned Manito Park, so I decided to check it out. I’ll post a few photos I took of the park in another post. I wanted to focus this post on the beautiful display at Gaiser Conservatory. I happily stumbled upon it on Dec. 12th, while walking around the park. I went back to see it again on the 16th as that was its last day.
Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
It is located on the southern tip of the park. Just walking through the doors was heavenly as it was warm and humid, quite the change from the almost freezing temperatures of Spokane. There was a main little area with a display in the middle, a fountain flowing on the left, plants to the right and ahead. Then, there is a long room to each side with a middle display row and rows on each side. All the plants were lit up with holiday lights, along with well placed holiday decorations and statues. Below are some photos. If you’d like a more detailed look, just click on the photo and it will be enlarged for you.
And there’s more….
Manito park is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd. in Spokane, WA. Here is the website link: http://www.manitopark.org/ So if you are in Spokane, come check it out!
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