• 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; April-October meet in our therapeutic garden. November – March meet at Topsfield Trinity Church, 124 River Road. 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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  • Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Project Complete

    Miss Honey with the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis

    About a month ago, I shared with Karl a vision I had to espalier the pear trees… the espalier design would be more beautiful and functional for our guests. The design essentially flattens the tree’s branches agains a vertical frame/wall. The flattened (and thinned) branches will help everyone to better see where the fruit is […]

  • Pavers and Peaches! Stop by & Say Hi, Today, 10am – 2pm!

    Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project

    Peaches are super ripe for picking. There are still several on the tree for our friends to pick – please stop by today, say hi, and pick peaches! Also ripe – raspberries – second batch! Karl is on his second day of vacation. He started the MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project yesterday afternoon, […]

  • Memory Café and Sunday Stroll this Weekend – 8/18-19!

    Pack a picnic and plan to enjoy summer’s gifts in the garden this weekend: Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Memory Café in the Garden® For people with memory loss and care-partners. Sunday, 11a – 2pm, Sunday Stroll For wheelchair-users (walker-, cane-users also welcome) and care-partners. Harvest: Nectarines & Raspberries (while they last!) Flora: Roses, Zinnias, Hydrangea, […]

What People Are Saying

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