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 following interesting sketch of the famous trees of Taxodium distichum, is from the pen of Moses Thatcher, in the Contributor of Salt Lake City: "For quiet repose and peaceful meditation, the cypress groves of Chapultepec afford perhaps the most attractive features of any spot near the city. The castle, located on the abrupt rocky hill is quite massive and imposing. It has recently undergone many improvements of a desirable character, which add much to the beauty of the place. Here is the National Observatory, a position well chosen, healthy and beautiful, while affording the most attractive view of the surrounding country.
Between it and the end of the Paseo, leading to the capital, stands a monument of gray sandstone recently erected to the memory of the national cadets, who, refusing to retreat, fell in battle September 12,1847, when our countrymen, under General Scott, gained the victory which led to the surrender of the capital a few days later. There are in the park probably not less than a thousand fine cypress trees, whose planting by the Toltecs (Nephites) antedates, perhaps many centuries, the rise of the Aztec empire. Some of these are nearly fifty feet in circumference, and from one hundred to one hundred and twenty-five feet in height, with huge limbs extending all around to a great distance, and being always clad with dry, bronzed and fresh green leaves, mingling with drooping silvery mosses, form the most enchanting bowers imaginable. The arrangement of these trees is in groves and double rows, sometimes crossing at right angles and affording splendidly shaded narrow avenues. An exceedingly fine spring of pure water gushes from the rocks of the south side of the hill. Three hundred and seventy years ago the waters of this spring were conveyed by the Aztecs to the city, through an aqueduct of masonry constructed for the purpose.
A portion is now forced with a steam pump for use in the gardens of the palace above; while the remainder still flows to the capital."