Rotary Pumpkin patch, Tree Lot open 15th year on Blvd.

| September 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

WILSHIRE ROTARIAN volunteers — Elsa Gillham, Pam Rudy, Louis Schneiderman, Wendy Clifford, Janice Prior and Christopher Cox — help out at the group’s pumpkin patch last year.

The Wilshire Rotary Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Lot that appear annually at the vacant lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. each October and December celebrate 15 years on Larchmont this year!

The pumpkin patch will be open Sat., Oct. 9 through Sat., Oct. 30 (or until they run out of pumpkins). Hours are Monday to Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year the City of Los Angeles is not allowing pumpkin patches to have bounce houses, carnival games or food sales; however, there will be a hay bale maze and a scavenger hunt for prizes.

The 25,000 pounds of pumpkins and gourds will be from a farm in the Santa Paula area.

Tree lot opening

The Christmas tree lot will open the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, the heat wave in Oregon in June caused severe damage to Christmas trees, which means there may be a tree shortage and prices most likely will be higher.

Sales of the pumpkins, gourds, trees, wreaths and other craft items made from them has helped the Wilshire Rotary raise several hundred thousand dollars for service projects in the community, for humanitarian projects around the world and scholarships for local students.

Some of the organizations that have received funds raised by Wilshire Rotary include the Salvation Army Red Shield, local YMCA branches, Covenant House, Operation School Bell, the Los Angeles Police Department Reserve Foundation, Big Sunday, HopeNet, the visually impaired students at Van Ness Elementary, and Alexandria House.

Recent international projects included providing and installing solar lighting for a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico and delivering fog catchers (a way to collect water in extremely dry areas), plants and animals to a village near Lima, Peru.

For more information, call 323-464-1935, or visit the Facebook page at

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