Expansion project celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Fianna’s Healing Garden; led by daughter Rebecca Dickson and brother Harvey Fennell.
Ten years ago, 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 over the last decade, have needed quiet contemplation in the midst of illness and recovery.
Today, the garden continues to grow. In June 2020, a newly-expanded, 100 percent donor-funded garden was completed. The healing garden now spans 28,388 square feet and includes the following new features:
- More than 2,000 plants and trees;
- Covered pavilion on the east side of the garden offers protection from the elements and can seat up to 75 people. Featured on the back wall of the pavilion is a stunning mural of Mt. Rose. Supported by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation;
- 1,257 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;
- Traditional rose garden featuring a variety of 20 different award-winning David Austin roses. Supported by the Fennell and Dickson families;
- Weeping cherry tree dedicated to our healthcare heroes for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and to those in our community who lost their lives.
Combs’ legacy is sustained through the work of her family, friends and community members. Fianna’s eldest daughter Rebecca Dickson and her brother, Harvey Fennell, played an important role in the expansion and helped lead the effort to generate over $800,000 in community support. Fianna’s other brother, Thomas M. Fennell, designed the garden’s new pavilion.
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
The ten year celebration of Fianna’s Healing Garden and expansion will allow even more patients, patient supporters, employees and physicians to benefit from the unique healing powers of nature and carry on Fianna’s legacy.
If you would like more information about Fianna’s Healing Garden or would like to make a donation, please contact
Stuart Golder at