Tulip farm in Waxahachie employs adults with disabilities, giving them a place to bloom

A field in Waxahachie has become home this spring to over a million tulips, tended by budding gardeners who just happen to have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Each day, Michael Poston and Riley Niesen, both 23, work at Poston Gardens, a farm next to Daymark Living, an upscale, resort-style community for adults with Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

Poston Gardens is the brainchild of John Poston, who also founded Daymark Living next door. Niesen, who has autism, patrols the parking lot with a walkie-talkie, greeting visitors and helping with tours. In the process, he’s “fallen in love with the gardens,” said his mother, Davila Niesen.

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