The park is located on Spokane’s south hill. Within its 90 acres are 5 different gardens (Perennial, Rose, Lilac, Japanese, and the formal Duncan Gardens), a conservatory and a duck pond (below). As a child I remember feeling that the duck pond with its weeping willow trees was a magical place. Unfortunately most of the mature willows were downed during a severe ice storm in 1996. It just isn’t the same now.
The rose garden isn’t quite up to speed yet. It’s hard for me to remember that Spokane can be a month or so behind Portland as far as some plants are concerned.
The formal Duncan Gardens looks like it was just planted out. This is “the” spot for family photos and a graduation party arrived shortly after I took this picture.
The conservatory is a world away from the plants one normally sees in Spokane. It is a wonderful place to escape to on a dreary day and dream of far-away lands.
My husband thought this plant was fun...hopefully you can make out that there are hundreds of tiny bottles all over the plant and it's called Drunkard's Dream.And finally the Ferris Perennial gardens are wonderful for strolling and finding new plants to introduce into your garden. Everything is labeled with name and habit, although sometimes those tags can be misleading if you don't know what you are looking at and get the wrong one.
We missed stopping in the Japanese Garden, it's walled off and only open to the public certain hours. Like the conservatory I remember going there as a young person and being amazed at how different things were inside the walls. Not at all like my parents garden! I was transported to another world. If you are ever in Spokane I recommend a visit to Manito Park, it is a treasure.