This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Contributor of Salt Lake City, referring to the City of Mexico, says: - "Beyond the limits of the city proper, on the plain intervening between it and the higher mountains, is the nearest approach to a forest of anything in the valley of Mexico. Here were located the once famous 'floating gardens' of the Aztec capital. They still flourish among the trees, are very productive, but no longer 'float,' owing to the retirement, years since, of the lake upon which they formerly moved. Flowers in great variety are grown in these gardens, in rich profusion, and when tastefully arranged by Indian men, women and children, find a ready sale at the floral market of the city. But the price realized is very insignificant. At the time of the conquest the people of Mexico were notably in advance of those of civilized Europe in the cultivation of flowers; and the Indians,notwithstanding all the sorrows and afflictions through which they have since passed, still maintain, in this particular, their love for the beautiful.
"The canal into which flows the Rio Tezcuco passes through these gardens, and is the means by which their produce is conveyed to the market of the city. Beyond is the Paseo de la Vega, near which was fought, August 20, 1817, the battles of Contreras and Cherubusco. Thus the reader has followed us entirely around, while we have briefly sketched a few of the many interesting places remaining attractive in the historic valley of Mexico, which was the cradle and the grave of millions who lived and died ages before the bright volcanic flames ceased to glare upon its mountains and plains."