• 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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FTD/YO DCG Support Group

“Younger Onset” Dementia Caregivers (under age 65, caring for a loved one under age 65) meet for support the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. “FTD Boston North” group meets 5:15pm – 6pm. The general “Younger Onset” group begins at 6pm. Registration for the group is required. Call or e-mail Mary if you’re interested in joining.

Dates RSVP to programs@rest-stop-ranch.com
Times
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Prices
Free
Location Rest.Stop.Ranch
202 Haverhill Road
Topsfield MA 01983

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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 […]

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

    Dawn Illumines Fall Foliage in Our Garden

    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 […]

  • Memory Café in the Garden Illustrates Our Hopes, 2017

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

    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 […]

What People Are Saying

What I liked the most was the intimacy with the plantings… all of the plants are right there in front of you, and of course there are areas you’re still working on [making accessible]. Being a wheelchair user, it was never a less-than experience. – Marianne DiBlasi, Winchester, MA

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