The Friends of Manito, 509.456.8038
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
The Spokane Parks & Recreation Department along with The Friends of Manito invite you, your family and friends to join us for the spectacular 2014 Holiday Lights show at Manito Park's Gaiser Conservatory.
From December 12-21, the conservatory will be decorated with thousands of lights along with poinsettias, mums, and much more.
8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Best viewing is after 4 p.m.
Come to the Open House:
The Friends of Manito will host an Open House on December 13 and 14 in the meeting room (east of the Gaiser Conservatory). Join us for refreshments from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Open House is FREE and open to the public
Founded in 1990, The Friends of Manito (TFM) is a non-profit group that works to support Manito Park by providing funds for improvements for the general enhancement of Manito Park. Three major plant sales are given each year with approximately 100 volunteers working for months before to prepare the plant material - making the events the premier plant sales for Spokane gardeners. Throughout the year, TFM also offers educational programs to further promote the community's use and enjoyment of Manito Park. Since their beginning, The Friends of Manito has contributed over $525,000 to Manito Park. For more information www.thefriendsofmanito.org.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department maintains Manito Park's 78 acres of native and cultivated landscape and 20 acres of world class botanical gardens. 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. In 2007, Rose Hill was named number one in the nation by All-America Rose Selections (AARS), a nonprofit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses. 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. 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; the 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 flowering displays change seasonally.