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Out of weeds grows a Palo Alto pumpkin patch

Original post made on Oct 8, 2021

The land behind the Midtown Palo Alto Baskin-Robbins store has been empty for a long time. This fall, thanks to the ice cream shop's owner, the neglected patch has given way to pumpkins, goblins and a whole lot of community spirit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 8, 2021, 7:53 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

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This is a charming idea. I know there has been some vandalism taking place which is not welcome. Thank you for doing this.

I hope that the space can be utilized for other such events in the future when pumpkin season is over.


Posted by Retired Teacher
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

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I love this sooooo much! Thank you, Seng and family!!! Happy Halloween!


Posted by Walter Underwood
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Oct 8, 2021 at 5:59 pm

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Do you know why that is an empty, weed-filled spot? Because the new owners of the shopping center chased out the Midtown Community Garden in 2017. It has been empty since then. The previous owners had leased the land for $60/month to the garden. The new owners wanted thousands of dollars per month.

Details are in this story:

Web Link


Posted by Sally-Ann Rudd
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 9, 2021 at 7:44 am

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I was about to post same as Walter. It wasn't a weed-filled lot, it was a popular and vibrant community garden that was destroyed by the new owners of the shopping center!


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2021 at 8:37 am

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I remember the community garden and remember the community being very upset when it was forced to close - bulldozed away almost overnight.

The land has not been used for anything since. That is and has been so wrong. I am surprised that the article made little note of the history of this piece of idle land.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2021 at 9:23 am

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Happy to see Seng and Baskin Robbins create this pumpkin patch for the community. Going to bring my family by for some fall photos this weekend.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:49 pm

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The Midtown Community Garden lost its corporate sponsor in 2017 and without corporate funding, the garden's organizer did not to renew the lease. In the latter years before its demise, the garden seemed disorganized and mismanaged, with PA police finding people growing illegal opium in the garden and police pursuits that ended with suspects hiding inside the fenced areas.

There were also complaints of occasional homeless camps setup and trash/junk dumping causing a mess and infestations. The new owners then decided to clear out the garden and was looking to turn it into an overflow parking lot with EV charging stations, but then the pandemic hit and those plans were put on hold.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2021 at 3:52 pm

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Very interesting that someone else can use my nom de plume. I was under the impression that the reason we register a name is so that we have unique handles or monikers.

I am not objecting to this, just want it to be said that there are more than one of us registered now.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 9, 2021 at 5:10 pm

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Bystander(s), there's at least one more "Online Name" here albeit from a different neighborhood. Confusing at best.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2021 at 8:10 am

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Community spirit. Cool.

We have log in accounts so Embarcadero Media knows who we are. The only way to avoid someone trolling your screen name is to use your name.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2021 at 8:29 am

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This pumpkin patch has been vandalized at least twice.

Today Nextdoor is full of comments about vandalism due to Paly's infamous Egg Wars which hit at least two parks last night.


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