• 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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    Tomorrow, Saturday, August 19, 10am – 12pm, we a hosting our “Memory Café in the Garden.” We have 10 parking spaces – we’d love to see you! Our memory cafe is inclusive of all caregivers with people impacted by memory hiccups, early-, mid-, or late-stage dementia. We also welcome dementia caregivers who seek comfort and […]

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    On Friday, August 11, we hosted for the first time a skilled nursing facility group from Masconomet Nursing Center – just 3.2 miles down the road from us. From 11am to 1:30pm the group of 18 (11 residents, 2 Family Caregivers, 2 Activities Staff, 2 CNAs, and 1 Volunteer) enjoyed a picnic at the Pear […]

  • Wheelchair-Accessible Garden Events This Weekend!

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    Friends: Hope you’re finding ample opportunities for respite and recreation this summer! It was fun trying to capture this Monarch Butterfly in a few photos. Join us this weekend for: Saturday, 10am – 12pm: Memory Café in the Garden. Sunday, 11am – 2pm: Sunday Stroll Our Memory Café intention is to offer inclusive socialization and […]

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Mary is a gifted teacher, coach and healer. I highly recommend her coaching program and workshops. When my daughter returned to school, she and my granddaughter moved in with me. Though I’m committed to help, I’m a small business owner for whom this presented serious challenges. How to be available, while meeting my own goals and focusing on my business? Mary’s coaching gave me indispensable tools that were flexible, but consistently helped me to concentrate on my business. I’ve also participated in Mary’s “Take Care of Yourself” workshops. They offer simple, easy, yet highly effective techniques for maintaining health and wellness. - Carol Lemieux, Salem, MA
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