• 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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  • Thanks for your Holiday Contributions! + Winter Programs!

    East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench

    Spring is 10 Weeks Away Spring arrives March 20. Our Rest.Stop. bench is not quite white-outed. Look closely to see the eastern sun piercing through the pines. Fundraising for 2022: Bigger and Better Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens Our friends have contributed $875.00 over the past few weeks towards bigger and better wheelchair-accessible gardens in 2022! Janet Brown […]

  • Dance Into the New Year: Jan 20, Memory Café

    Dear All, Due to the weather, please note that our Memory Café program for January has been rescheduled from January 6 (tomorrow) to January 20, 10am – 12pm, at Trinity Church Topsfield. We will enjoy a chair yoga-dance program at this event. Please call with any questions. Moving forward with a listening heart, vision, inquiry, […]

  • Merry Christmas to All: Flora, Fauna, and Feeble Humans

    Merry Christmas Floral Arrangement

    Our holiday season started with an invitation to our Topsfield Council on Aging Holiday Party, December 7. This is where some of us at the end of the party were allowed to take home a floral arrangement by Topsfield’s New Meadows Garden Club. Thank you, Love you, Bless you ~ all the garden clubs! The […]

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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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