John Poston’s Tulip Garden Makes Independent Living Possible for Adults with Disabilities

Story and photos by Jan Osborn.

When founder and president of Daymark Living, John Poston, thought about life as an adult for his son, Michael, he believed that Michael deserved the same opportunity as his siblings to a life independent of mom and dad. Michael Poston has Down syndrome. After opening Daymark Living in Waxahachie in the fall of 2018, John came up with the idea of Poston Gardens as a way to promote Daymark as a community for people with Intellectual or Development Disabilities (IDD). He thought about the beautiful corner piece of land he would drive by near I-35. “It’s not a great piece of land for a commercial real estate guy,” said John “but I started looking at it and thought this would be a great place for a tulip garden.” And that began the endeavor to open a Poston Gardens. Poston Gardens is now open for its second season and the tulips are in full bloom.

John Poston with sons Michael and Blake.

John Poston with sons Michael and Blake.

Poston Gardens is located at 900 Cantrell Street in Waxahachie and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults during the week and $20 on the weekend, and $12 for seniors during the week and $15 on the weekend. Admittance for children is free and $1 for each tulip picked.

Visit the Poston Gardens website for more information.