A peaceful oasis

Rhododendron society working on landscaping project for Hospice of Humboldt

Eureka Rhododendron Society members planting by the Stream of Blessings. (Hospice of Humboldt — Contributed)

The Eureka Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society has chosen to complete a major landscaping project to benefit Hospice of Humboldt. The plan is to complete the planting in phases over the next three years.

At the beginning of December, the first phase of the extensive project was completed with plantings outside the patient rooms at the Ida Emmerson Hospice House. The California Conservation Corps also assisted with the project by providing personnel to help with labor and landscaping.

Landscaping behind the Ida Emmerson Hospice House. (Hospice of Humboldt — Contributed)

“We feel privileged to have the rhododendron society donate their time and talents to enhance the landscape and scenery behind our hospice house,” said Joe Rogers, chief executive officer at Hospice of Humboldt. “Their efforts will add to the peace and serenity of our patients, their families, our staff and all who visit the grounds.”

This project is being led by the Eureka Rhododendron Society, but is a community-wide endeavor.

“Many local businesses have donated funds and materials for the project,” said Rodney Ward, plant and safety manager. “All of us at Hospice of Humboldt want to thank our local rhododendron society and all who have contributed to this wonderful enhancement project. We love what has been done and can’t wait for the next phase.”

Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families locally for 40 years, has a staff of over 100 people and works with more than 120 volunteers. Hospice provided end-of-life care to 550 patients last year.

The person-centered care hospice provides allows patients comfort and dignity and gives families support. For more information about Hospice of Humboldt, call 707-445-8443 or visit www.hospiceofhumboldt.org.

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