• 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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Memory Cafe

For people with memory-loss, with their care-partners.  Enjoy fellowship at least once-a-month in Topsfield; outdoors in our therapeutic garden, April-October, and indoors, at Topsfield Trinity Church, November-March. Memory Café in the GardenSM is offered 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings, April – October. Enjoy Picnics (carry-in, carry-out), Flowers, Birds, Fish, Drums & Dance, Networking. Meet in the Caretaker’s Cottage on rainy days. Memory Café at River Road offers once-a-month (1st or 3rd Saturday mornings) socializing, networking, and an inclusive interactive program (124 River Rd. Topsfield, MA, 01983). Funded partly by MA DDS.
Dates RSVP to programs@rest-stop-ranch.com
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location Topsfield Trinity Church
124 River Road
Topsfield MA


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  • April Showers Grow Inclusion & Access

    Debbie's Hat

    Our Saturday, 4/21, Memory Café in the Garden® hosted six participants, five volunteers, and one staff member. Four of the participants were from the L’Arche Community in Haverhill, Dan (staff/driver), Debbie, Ryan, and Donald. Two participants were Topsfield residents, Gloria and Bizzy. The volunteers included Sue, Bonnie, and Penny from the Topsfield Council on Aging, […]

  • Extreme Gardening

    Karl Spreads Compost in April Snow Showers

    Getting ready to host our April 21 and 22 events next weekend… we spent most of the weekend burning storm fall, pruning rose plants (Saturday) and spreading compost in the bitter snow (Sunday). We noticed neighbors passing by us in their cars Sunday, pausing a little longer than usual at the stop sign to see […]

  • Doubling Down on Daffodils

    Narcissus Topolino

    It’s becoming more and more clear to us the vole war we’re in. Over the winter, they ate 20% of the 2017 new rose plants, and appear to have eaten all of the rock garden iris. We’re crossing our fingers that at least a majority of hundreds of new lily plants we planted in the […]

What People Are Saying

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