• 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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  • Our Memory Café in the Garden: Beginnings

    Pat & Christina Rolsma with Marsha & Tom Saucy at the Accessible Picnic Table, Pear Tree Patio

    My heart was filled with joy seeing these two duos, Pat & Christina, with Marsha & Tom, sharing and connecting over the picnic table. This is the essence and common goal of the Memory Café movement across the globe: to reduce the social isolation of people with memory loss with their care-partners, and to increase […]

  • Open Garden Day on The Longest Day, Today, 10am – 4pm

    2007, Margaret F. MacDonald, Ruby Tuesday's, Syracuse, NY

    Margaret, my mom, is who we honor today during our “The Longest Day” fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Association. This photo was taken in September 2007, ten years ago, at a Ruby Tuesday’s. I had just left my corporate career to manage mom’s care, and I didn’t know how long this role was going to last. […]

  • Open Garden Day on the Longest Day 6/21 – Tomorrow!

    The Longest Day ~ Alzheimer's Association Fundraising Event Worldwide ~ June 21

    Join us tomorrow, 10am – 4pm, for our Open Garden Day on the Longest Day. Our gardens will be optimized for wheelchair-access similar to our Sunday Stroll events. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack (carry-in, carry-out). Enjoy smelling the roses, watching fish, birds and butterflies, playing music and dancing… A wheelchair-accessible port-a-potty […]

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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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