Fianna's Healing Garden

Fianna's Healing Garden

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Expansion project celebrates the 10th anniversary of Fianna’s Healing Garden, led by daughter Rebecca Dickson and brother Harvey Fennell.

In 2008, family and friends of Fianna Dickson Combs brought to life her vision of a healing garden where medical concerns and pain could be replaced by the serenity and beauty of the outdoors.

Before she lost her fight with cancer, Fianna helped plan and design a garden in the heart of the campus at Renown Regional Medical Center. This beautiful space—Fianna’s Healing Garden—is her legacy and a gift to those who have needed quiet contemplation amid illness and recovery over the last decade.

In June 2020, the newly-expanded, 100 percent donor-funded garden continues to grow and now spans 28,388 square feet and includes the following new features:

  • More than 2,000 plants and trees
  • A covered pavilion on the east side of the garden offers protection from the elements and can seat 75 people. Featured on the back wall of the pavilion is a stunning mural of Mt. Rose. Supported by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation
  • One thousand two hundred fifty-seven square feet of natural grass located in front of the pavilion, allowing garden guests a beautiful, relaxing spot to picnic. Supported by the Reno Aces
  • A traditional rose garden features a variety of 20 different award-winning David Austin roses. Supported by the Fennell and Dickson families
  • A weeping cherry tree stands to honor our healthcare heroes, as well as community members who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fianna’s eldest daughter Rebecca Dickson and her brother, Harvey Fennell, played an essential role in the expansion and helped lead the effort to generate over $800,000 in community support.

Fianna’s brother, Thomas M. Fennell, designed the garden’s new pavilion. Her legacy continues through the work of her family, friends and community members.

Renown Health Foundation would like to thank the following organizations and individuals, for the garden expansion would be impossible without their support:

  • E. L. Wiegand Foundation 
  • Reno Aces 
  • Harvey and Nancy Fennell 
  • Rebecca Dickson 
  • Thomas M. Fennell, Fennell-Purifoy Architects  
  • Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation  
  • Monroe/Schuler Foundation  
  • Thelma and Thomas Hart Foundation  
  • E.L. Cord Foundation 
  • Marie Crowley Foundation
  • Jerry and Roxie Enneking 
  • Dr. David and Jennifer Smith 
  • David Geddes 
  • Victor Bucher 
  • Cary Lurie 
  • Renown Employees 
  • Architect: Dale Cox Architects 
  • Landscaping: Reno Green Landscaping  
  • Contractor & Builder: Clark/Sullivan Construction  
  • Sounds of Garden: Sierra Integrated Systems

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Please contact Stuart Golder, Foundation Director of Development