• 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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  • 101 Plants Donated by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly!

    Sandra Lawson, Kathy Doane, and Paulette Misins donate 101 plants on Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Thanks so much to the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly for sharing the leftovers from their Saturday 5/20 plant sale. Mostly day lilies, the donation included a few hasta, solomon seal, vinca, phlox, siberian and bearded iris, and lily of the valley plants. We are thrilled to continue to have community stakeholders seed our garden […]

  • Accessible Lilac Festival ~ Mid-Bloom ~ 26 Plants

    Eileen Dougherty from Gloucester Enjoys the Lilacs

    On Saturday, May 20th, Eileen visited our Memory Café with two professional aides, Judy and Giulia, from her home in Gloucester, MA. Together with volunteer Bruce Piper, we accessed the seven wheelchair-accessible lilac plants on the Joe Mac Lilac Line, part of the MargFMac Front Garden Loop (0.1 mile). At the Koi Pond, I offered […]

  • Accessible Lilac Festival + Memory Café: Saturday, 10a-12p

    Pocahontas Lilac

    Join us tomorrow, Saturday, 10am – 12pm, and enjoy twenty-four lilacs in full bloom! Eight plants are wheelchair-accessible. Tree peonies, wisteria tree, allium, and columbine flowers are also starting! I’m offering private tours Monday-Thursday next week for people unable to make it to the event on Saturday. Please simply contact me to arrange a private […]

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