March 28, 2020

Among the COVID-19 pandemic’s widespread impacts has been the closing of Poston Gardens in Waxahachie.

“Unfortunately, only two weeks into its second season, COVID-19 has forced Poston Gardens to close its gates with more than 500,000 tulips still blooming,” marketing director Rosie Reichenstein said.

”Poston Gardens is more than just a field of tulips,” Reichenstein said. “The gardens are a labor of love from John Poston that provides opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their highest potential. In just their first season, Poston Gardens provided educational/vocational opportunities for 50-plus individuals with IDD, funded four full Daymark Living scholarships and connected thousands of people to the special needs community.”

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A note from our founder:

For the health and safety of our guests and employees, Poston Gardens is now closed for the season.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us.

I also want to thank my expert bulb partners and farmers – the flowers were especially beautiful this year.

Every aspect of the gardens was exceptional this year. The entertainment lineup was excellent as was the hard work by our staff and volunteers. New partnerships with Calloway’s Nursery and HEB were proving to be successful. Thank you.

I can’t say enough about the town of Waxahachie. From the mayor down, this town is amazing. I love working with the staff and living and doing business in this community.

Our mission to improve the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will continue.

Thank you,


Texas tulip farm needed pandemic help — and got it from disabled workers

April 10, 2020

When John Poston planted a million tulips on a plot of land in Waxahachie, easily viewable by the steady stream of traffic on Interstate 35 near Dallas, he had a single mission in mind: making life better for his son and other adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During its first season in spring 2019, Poston Gardens flourished, its grounds like sweet nectar to the thousands of visitors who simply couldn’t resist the chance to lay eyes on — and snap photos among — a flood of tulips that rivaled the colors of the Dutch countryside. Even better, the gardens raised awareness and provided vital jobs and scholarship money to the residents at the adjacent Daymark Living, a housing complex and community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Poston opened in February 2019 after struggling to find an adequate residence for his son, Michael, who has Down syndrome.

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“The tulips are amazing. The gentle rolling hills create a setting that could not be more perfect. And, I have to say the clean,<br>air-conditioned bathroom facilities were a very pleasant surprise. We will be back.” — W. Montgomery, Dallas“Poston Gardens is easy to get to. Just take exit 399B in Waxahachie.” — W. Herndon, Dallas

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