• 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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  • Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

    Reindeer in Our Backyard

    The Gardens have been put to rest. The Winter Red Winterberry plants are peaking. Just a few weeks ago, we swapped plants in this bed: the Montauk Daisies are now in the back of the bed, directly in front of the shrubs, and the evergreen Lenten Roses (Hellebore) now greet folks at the edge of […]

  • Topsfield Holiday on the Green, Wrapped-up

    Saturday, December 2, 3pm – 7pm, Karl and I were invited to set our table up in the non-profit room for our town’s Holiday on the Green event. Our table neighbors were the Northeast Mass Youth Orchestras and “Mindful Youth,” who had a bake sale to raise $500.00 for blankets for the YWCA shelter for […]

  • Topsfield Holiday on the Green ~ Sat. Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm

    Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library

    Join the holiday fun this Saturday, 3pm – 7pm, in our town center. The Holiday on the Green event offers something for everyone. We, Rest.Stop.Ranch & Memory Café, will be in the Topsfield Plaza, next to Curves, in a dedicated space for non-profits, the “North Pole.” Karl and I will offer our presence at the […]

What People Are Saying

What I liked the most was the intimacy with the plantings… all of the plants are right there in front of you, and of course there are areas you’re still working on [making accessible]. Being a wheelchair user, it was never a less-than experience. – Marianne DiBlasi, Winchester, MA