Manito Park & Gardens

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United States of America - Washington - Spokane

Institution Code: MANPG

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Manito Park & Gardens

Manito Park was officially established in April 1904 and has evolved from an undeveloped recreational area with a few flower beds, picnic spots and a zoo to one of Spokane’s primary showplaces. Comprised of five major garden areas (the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, Lilac Garden and Ferris Perennial Garden), Manito Park is nationally recognized for its diverse horticultural displays.

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains Manito Park’s 78 acres of native and cultivated landscape and 20 acres of world class botanical gardens. Other Manito Park features include: Mirror Pond, a favorite of those who enjoy watching ducks and other water fowl; the Park Bench Café, open in season for light meals; Loop Drive and Bridge, offering majestic views of the Rose Garden; Upper and Lower Playgrounds – a favorite gathering spot of children; and the large basalt rock office building constructed in 1912. Central to the Park is the Gaiser Conservatory, where beautiful flowing displays change seasonally.

Manito Park is located on Spokane’s south hill and its five main gardens, several smaller gardens, and conservatory are toured by over 150,000 visitors annually.

Manito Park was originally named, “Montrose Park” and to this day is the primary garden showplace in Spokane.

Montrose Park was changed to Manito Park in 1903 and originally played host to a zoo among other family friendly activities. Manito means, “spirit of nature”.

There are 90 acres worth of immaculate flower beds, manicured lawns, topiary shrubs, playgrounds, natural areas, living creatures such as waterfowl on Mirror Pond and so much more.

Manito Park is located in the Spokane South Hill neighborhood and its five gardens, conservatory and Mirror Pond are toured by over 150,000 visitors each year.

Manito Park also has a picturesque stone bridge, the Park Bench Café located near Manito Place historic drive and an upper and lower playground.

Main Address:
Manito Park & Gardens
1702 S. Grand Boulevard
Mailing: 4 W. 21st Avenue
Washington 99203 United States of America

Telephone: (509) 625-6692
Fax: (509) 625-6690
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Leroy Eadie, Director of Parks and Recreation
    Curator's Name: Steven Nittolo, Horticulture Supervisor
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1903
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 36 Hectares
    Latitude: 47.6355080
    Longitude: -117.4128650
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Moore-Turner Heritage Garden

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 150000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:No information available.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes