• 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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    Meet us and fellow Celts at the Bunratty Tavern in Reading… Pipes and Drums at 2pm! It was great to find this “Useful Retro” embroidered Irish linen table “doily” at Etsy.com this past week. However you celebrate ~ remember to wear your green ~ And may the road rise to meet you! Moving forward with […]

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    A sunny morning we’re enjoying before another storm hits us- expected tomorrow. This storm is likely the last as the power of Spring will not be stopped! Here’s a few photos of six gray squirrels at our backyard bird feeder taken before sunrise this morning. The baffle we created wards off raccoons and squirrels from […]

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