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Reminder: Mums the Word Event for Vets and Families, 11/11


Today we are hosting veterans and military families from 10am – 2pm. Also welcome are people who are in recovery from difficult and/or complicated experiences (i.e. mine was dementia-caregiving for mom, Marg). We will host the event at the Caretaker’s Cottage. The wheelchair-accessible MargFMac Front Garden Loop is available for those undaunted by the chilly […]

Dawn Illumines Fall Foliage in Our Garden

Mums the Word Event for Vets and Families, 11/11, 10a – 2p


Karl and I are welcoming veterans and military families on Veterans Day, Saturday, 11/11, 10am – 2pm. Barb Bodengraven, a local Topsfield author, will assist us as an expressive writing facilitator. – Experience and enjoy our wheelchair-accessible garden (now blooming: chrysanthemums). – Enjoy a picnic in the garden (carry-in; carry-out; a wheelchair-accessible port-a-potty is available […]

Peter & Mary Dowdell with Collette and John Hanlon share laughs at the Koi Pond.

Memory Café in the Garden Illustrates Our Hopes, 2017


Saturday, October 28, showered sun and blue skies. Friendly new- and re-connections between two dementia-care duos were enjoyed in our garden. Two siblings, Jeanne Maurand of Hamilton and John Yntema of Atlanta, surviving the memory-care of their dad, Bob Yntema (d.2017), who was a guest at our garden, enjoyed a tour of the gardens and […]

Jim cuddles with his kitty-pumpkin

Pumpkin Parade Party 10/21 Serves 39!


This past Saturday’s Memory Café in the Garden, 10am – 12pm, served a total of 39 people – our biggest gathering to date. In addition to our usual wheelchair-accessible Open Garden offering, we hosted a Pumpkin Parade Party. The party included offering small, medium, and large-size pumpkins for painting with oil-based paint markers, and decorating […]

Lynne McHugh, David Cannistraro, and Jean DiVincenzo, Rosarians

Rosarians Consult and Contribute


Yesterday, seven members of the New England Rose Society visited from 11am – 2pm. They experienced a garden tour, shared their thoughts about our current Accessible Rose Rodeo Festival design & care, contributed several new rose plants, and even planted six shrubs! A special-effort ribbon goes to David Cannistraro (Just Roses, 978-430-9832) and his assistant, […]

Kitchen Garden Yield One Pumpkin Only!

Topsfield Memory Café in the Garden ~ Season Wrap-Up


Hey everyone! Join us for one or more ~ Six more events to enjoy the wheelchair-accessible outdoors with your loved ones! Memory Café Saturdays, 10am – 12pm: September 30 October 7, 14, 21, and 28 Sunday Stroll, 11am – 2pm: October 8 Walk-ins welcome – RSVP appreciated. Read the good news about the Topsfield Memory […]

Fish Tales Needs a Fun Facilitator!

Updated: Volunteers Page!


We are grateful for the volunteers who have helped us with our accessible outdoor programs in the past and the present. Thank you! We currently have one volunteer enjoying hospitality volunteering on a monthly basis, during our Sunday Stroll program. We also have two “crazy gardener” volunteers enjoying helping with horticulture; one comes weekly during […]