Humboldt General Invites Community to Help Restore, Beautify Garden

A small email challenge is snowballing into a huge community effort at the Winnemucca Community Garden thanks to Hannah Kohler RN, BSN.

The Humboldt General Hospital ER nurse took to heart an email from Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan challenging nursing staff to “give back to the community” as part of National Hospital Week, which this year takes place May 6-12.

The hospital has planned a host of special activities and events as part of the 2018 commemoration, but Kohler said she wanted to join hands with the community to reinvigorate the Winnemucca Community Garden, which has suffered greatly in recent years due to decreased administrative and financial support.

“Our hope is to spend an afternoon beautifying and restoring the garden,” she said.

Beginning at noon Saturday, May 12, Kohler is calling on community members to meet at the garden armed with shovels, rakes, pruning shears, weed whackers and gloves to tackle what has become a massive list of projects.

Volunteers can expect to help clean, repair and construct planter boxes; remove stumps; prune fruit trees; restore picnic tables; whack weeds, plant flowers; and reinforce and touch up fencing, among other things. Kohler is also asking for donations of trees, plants, wood or other materials that could prove useful in the beautification project.

“Anything we can use to help restore the garden is greatly appreciated,” she said.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all volunteers, and community residents of all ages are asked to give what time they can to the afternoon project.

“The garden is a place our community as a whole can take pride in,” said Kohler. “It represents how we feel about our awesome town, so we are hoping we will get lots of participation.”

The Winnemucca Community Garden is located at 151 W. McArthur Avenue, directly across from the soccer field at Sonoma Heights Elementary School. For more information about the project, please email Hannah Kohler RN, BSN at