• Welcome! We offer year-round and seasonal programs for caregivers and people with disabilities. Subscribe to our blog for updates.


  • Our wheelchair-accessible gardens: Cut Flowers, Roses & Kitchen, Orchard Ave., Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, Raspberry Patch, Cedar Grove and Tunnel, and Koi Pond.


  • Meet our test-drivers: Our friends with wheels help us test the trails. We use the test results to prioritize project improvements.


  • Our story: Inspired by our own dementia-care journey with Mary’s mom, Margaret, we learned that more accessible garden experiences were needed for people using wheelchairs.


  • Get involved! Learn how you can support the gardens’ growth.

We are developing our private wheelchair-accessible gardens for future enjoyment and therapeutic benefit of people in our community affected by long-term illness and disability. This is a long-term, life-long project for us.
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Rest. Stop. Ranch feels surprisingly remote, yet it is so close! Located in the center of Boston’s North Shore communities, one mile from highway I-95, the wheelchair-accessible sanctuary is just a few miles from the area’s conservation lands including the Ipswich River Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, Bradley Palmer State Park, Willowdale State Forest, Georgetown-Rowley State Forest, and Boxford State Forest. Drive twenty minutes to Crane Beach, Ipswich, Newburyport or Beverly. Thirty-five minutes from Boston/Charlestown and Logan Airport. Allow for more time during traffic hours.

Private tours of the garden are available by appointment.
Please call prior to your visit.

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  • Memory Café and Sunday Stroll this Weekend – 8/18-19!

    Pack a picnic and plan to enjoy summer’s gifts in the garden this weekend: Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Memory Café in the Garden® For people with memory loss and care-partners. Sunday, 11a – 2pm, Sunday Stroll For wheelchair-users (walker-, cane-users also welcome) and care-partners. Harvest: Nectarines & Raspberries (while they last!) Flora: Roses, Zinnias, Hydrangea, […]

  • Today, 11am – 2pm, Join Us at the Caretaker’s Cottage

    Raspberries are Ripe and Ready to Pick

    Come to the Caretaker’s Cottage today to enjoy fellowship, coffee or tea, and two types of raspberry pies – load as much or as little cream on top as you like! If you’d like to pick raspberries in the rain, just remember to wear a light rain jacket and bring your own container to fill […]

  • Horticultural and Hospitality Volunteers Wanted!

    Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass

    Do you love the outdoors? Do you love our mission to make the outdoors accessible for all people? Do you have a few hours each month or each week you’d like to contribute to helping us? We currently have three horticultural volunteers, and a few more hospitality volunteers. In many cases our volunteers like to […]

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Mary, I like your ideas.  They are creative, healing, and engaging the community. – Barb Bodengraven, Topsfield, MA

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