Love Manito? Be a Friend!

Do you love Manito Park?  Join The Friends of Manito and support our ongoing projects that have improved our park. If you come to Manito Park often and enjoy its beautiful gardens or maybe you come occasionally and have had wonderful experiences there or you came years ago and still have fond memories of this special place. You are one of the folks who loves Manito Park. And if you do, there is something you can do to show your love of the park.

You can join the over 730 households who are members of The Friends of Manito (TFM).  Let’s see if we can push that total over 1000 this year! Click here to purchase a membership online or make a contribution Your yearly membership of $25 contributes to our mission to conduct educational, volunteer, and fundraising activities that are responsive to the needs of the TFM membership, and to participate in the responsible preservation and improvement of Manito Park.

Activities

TFM puts on two major plant sales each year, one in June and another in September. Volunteers work all spring and summer getting the plants ready. We have lectures about once a month by local experts usually covering an important gardening or decorating topic. There is a Pollinator event in the spring and look for a new fine art fair in the summer. The Friends of Manito helps the park staff with the beautiful Holiday Lights before Christmas and in conjunction holds an open house. Don’t forget to pick up a Manito Calendar, for sale during the fall.

Park Improvements

The Friends of Manito has contributed over $800,000 to improvements to the park since 1990, including Mirror Pond renovations, the pergola on the west side of the rose garden, and we have more exciting projects in the works.

Locally famous artist Ken Spiering is designing a unique bicycle rack intended to match his artwork in the Duncan Garden handrails. Two of each of these will grace the picnic area above Duncan Garden, accommodating six full-sized bikes. Expect to see these in 2019.

Member Benefits

TFM Member Stories

Kelly Brown

I love Manito Park because it brought me peace when I moved from Arizona. I remember happening upon the park in late August and parking outside the Perennial Garden. I was in awe. I made my way up to the rose garden and my jaw dropped even further. I had no idea Duncan Gardens was just around the corner. When I approached it, I nearly wept. How could a little city maintain something so beautiful? Manito Park is truly a jewel and I enjoy so many evenings here while watching my children play, or gathering with friends. This is why I’m a member of The Friends of Manito.  

Gabi Tilley
Moving near Manito park from Colorado Springs and experiencing the sense of community that a walk through the park gave me, made me appreciate what a wonderful move we had made. Asking the park staff for advice about plants and then learning about TFM and becoming a member helped me become a great gardener. Now I enjoy passing my plant knowledge on to others. 
Susan Mulvihill

I love Manito Park because it is such a gem. Just like so many other Spokanites, I take visitors to see Manito first because I am proud to show it off to them. I love strolling through the Ferris perennial gardens, Duncan gardens, the Japanese garden and Rose Hill to surround myself with beauty while getting inspiration for my own garden. As a member of the Friends of Manito, I enjoy attending the many interesting lectures and getting a discount at their fabulous plant sales. But above all, I know that belonging to the Friends of Manito is a simple way to give back to the community due to their unflagging support for Spokane’s beloved park. And that’s why I’m a member.

Robert Flowers

I love Manito Park because my education, career and travels have all focused on landscapes and landscape design.  Having been introduced to Manito Park about forty years ago, it remained in my mind as my career took me to Europe where I visited many famous gardens and parks.  Manito Park easily holds its place among them.  And, Manito Park exists not in Paris or London, but in a small city in Eastern Washington, something truly remarkable.  This is why I am an active member of The Friends of Manito.

Carol McKenny
“I love Manito Park because I love flowers and gardening.  When I retired, I couldn’t wait to join the Friends of Manito weekly planting sessions.  I have been part of the planting group since 2011, and have also served on the TFM board.   The money raised from  TFM plant sales goes back to the park to finance many of the structures, and  new garden areas in the park.  It’s a great organization!  I’m proud to say that I’m a TFM member.
 
Judy Demand
 
I love Manito Park because of the beauty that it provides for the Spokane Community. I have enjoyed visiting it since I was a student nurse at Deaconess Hospital in 1962. I brought my young children here as well as my grandchildren to view the ducks, (swans when they were here), playground equipment, flowers, conservatory, Spring rock wall, and Japanese Garden. My 20 year membership in the Friends of Manito has given me great pleasure and satisfaction to have helped contribute to the improvements in the Park.