You Grow Girl! Flower blossoms in Manito Park, Washington State

What a bloomin’ treat!

Have a few hours in Spokane? Definitely go visit Manito Park! Whether you’re a nature lover or have a “black” thumb, everyone will appreciate this beautiful park.

Located a few miles from downtown Spokane is Manito Park. Manito Park is a free and very beautiful botanical garden run by the city of Spokane. The park is 90 acres and includes five gardens, a conservatory, and duck pond. With only 150,000+ visitors each year, it’s one of the less well-known and secret spots in Spokane.

The first, and one of my favorite, gardens is the lilac garden. It’s exactly what it says: it’s a grove of lilac trees that bloom in the spring and smell incredible! You can actually smell it from miles away and it’s heavenly.


Another beautifully-smelling garden is the rose garden, or “Rose Hill,” as the Manito Park website calls it. In the spring and summer, this garden is amazing! It’s my grandma’s favorite place in the park.

Across the street from the rose garden is the Ferris Perennial Garden and Gaiser Conservatory. I love this space because it’s basically back-to-back flowers. There is everything from daffodils to peonies to daisies, and so much more! The conservatory has more tropical and humidity-loving plants, as well as a cactus section, which I find very endearing because I’m a child of the desert.

Blossoms in Menlo Park, Wash.
Peony in Menlo Park, Wash.
Daffodil in Menlo Park, Wash.


A short walk away is the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden. I love exploring this garden because it makes me feel like I’m living in another country. It features gorgeous architecture, sculptures and plants. It’s also, in my opinion, one of the most tranquil places in the entire park. However, it’s also one of the busiest, so keep that in mind.

Japanese Garden in Menlo Park, Wash.
Blossom caught in a spider web in Menlo Park, Wash.

Throughout the park are beautiful lawns, trees and greenspaces. It’s easy to get lost in nature and if you bring a picnic, it’s the perfect place to have a picnic! There are a few playground scattered throughout the park, so it’s also the perfect place to bring children and let them run around.


Overall, Manito Park is one of my favorite places to visit in Spokane – I hope that, if you get the chance, you visit too!


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