• 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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  • Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

    Reindeer in Our Backyard

    The Gardens have been put to rest. The Winter Red Winterberry plants are peaking. Just a few weeks ago, we swapped plants in this bed: the Montauk Daisies are now in the back of the bed, directly in front of the shrubs, and the evergreen Lenten Roses (Hellebore) now greet folks at the edge of […]

  • Topsfield Holiday on the Green, Wrapped-up

    Saturday, December 2, 3pm – 7pm, Karl and I were invited to set our table up in the non-profit room for our town’s Holiday on the Green event. Our table neighbors were the Northeast Mass Youth Orchestras and “Mindful Youth,” who had a bake sale to raise $500.00 for blankets for the YWCA shelter for […]

  • Topsfield Holiday on the Green ~ Sat. Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm

    Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library

    Join the holiday fun this Saturday, 3pm – 7pm, in our town center. The Holiday on the Green event offers something for everyone. We, Rest.Stop.Ranch & Memory Café, will be in the Topsfield Plaza, next to Curves, in a dedicated space for non-profits, the “North Pole.” Karl and I will offer our presence at the […]

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