Mexico City Journals

The Town of Flowers - Xochimilco

An April 2005 trip to Mexico City by JesusW

Xochimilco Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The ancient name of this place is Xochimilco, which literally translates to The Place of Flower Beds.


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Xochimilco Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
The technique of growing food and plants on the Chinampas was the idea of the first ruler of Xochimilco: Acatonalli, who invented the procedure to take advantage of the abundance of fresh water (there are springs in the area) and to make compost out of mud and bird droppings.The "chinampa" the floating garden, was built by laying some canes or sticks with mud from the bottom of the lake and plants residues, adding layer after layer the barge made with the canes slowly sank to the shallow bottom and created artificial islands with very porous and fertile soil, which creates the perfect environment to get two or three crops a year.The Ahuejote tree is normally planted on one end of the b...Read More

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Avenida México Xochimilco
México, Mexico 16500

This is the largest plant market in Latin America, third in the World just after Canada and Amsterdam, with 13 hectares and a parking lot for 2,000 vehicles.Here you can buy from a single flower to complete garden and all the tools and accessories (fountains, hoses, pots, etc). You can buy just the seeds or have a professional gardener design and maintain your lawn, do you want to make a Japanese garden? they can, if you want to have only bonsai plants, they have them... This place is so extensive that you won´t be able to visit all the stands even if you spend many many hours walking, as there are so many beautiful plants and ideas that you will stop after every few steps trying to absorb all...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2006