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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