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Sun Jun 6, 2021, 07:27 AM

Wonderful video I just found of the Floating Gardens in Mexico City

How Mexico City's Mysterious Floating Gardens Helped Feed the City For Hundreds of Years

"A look at Mexico City's floating gardens, also known as the Chinampas, which were created by the ancient Toltec tribe. To this day, area farmers work tirelessly to preserve and cultivate the canals and their floating farmland to provide produce and fish for the city's most well-known dishes."

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Reply Wonderful video I just found of the Floating Gardens in Mexico City (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 6 OP
JudyM Jun 6 #1
Judi Lynn Jun 6 #3
Blue Dawn Jun 6 #2
Judi Lynn Jun 6 #6
bucolic_frolic Jun 6 #11
mountain grammy Jun 6 #12
AllaN01Bear Jun 6 #4
Judi Lynn Jun 6 #8
burrowowl Jun 6 #5
pazzyanne Jun 6 #7
Judi Lynn Jun 6 #10
bucolic_frolic Jun 6 #9
Judi Lynn Jun 6 #13
abbeyco Jun 6 #14
Danascot Jun 6 #15
luckone Jun 6 #16

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:16 AM

1. Interesting!

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Response to JudyM (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:24 AM

3. Thank you, JudyM. 👋

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:18 AM

2. I enjoyed watching this very much.

I was not familiar with these gardens, so I learned a lot.

Thank you for your posts. I usually read all of them and watch the attached videos.

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:10 AM

6. Once you start thinking about the place it captures your imagination!









A lady mariachi singer.



Photo taken to put in device for holding up to one's eyes, so each eye sees one photo, like stereo. Pretty old!



painting of someone's idea of early days of xochimilco. Looks as if the artist imagines the elites wore hospital gowns! Little breezy in the back.

Link to the google image page of floating garden photos:

https://tinyurl.com/dbm7xueb

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:33 AM

12. amazing..

wonderful pictures.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:53 AM

4. saw them as a little boy. lovely.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:22 AM

8. That would have been wonderful. I hope they will be maintained enthusiastically

by future generations.

The concept is too beautiful, too intelligent to allow anything further to happen to Xochimilco.

I felt like throwing my computer when I read the Spanish filled in a lot of the lake that surrounded the floating gardens. I have also read the city itself absolutely astounded the murderous invaders when they first saw it.

There must be millions of photos and paintings done of the Floating Gardons over the time outsiders have known of them. I have heard the expression "haunting beauty" used to describe them, even.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:57 AM

5. Kick!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:13 AM

7. I have been aware of these historical gardens for 60 years, but...

had no idea of how important they actually are to Mexico City. I saw them as groomed flower gardens. Thank you for giving me the bigger picture, Judi Lynn!

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:29 AM

10. So glad you've been aware of them, too, pazzyanne. What a spectacular place! ❤️️

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:25 AM

9. Giving new meaning to permaculture farmette

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 09:38 AM

13. Whoa! Had never heard either word used! Excellent. Had to go to Wikipedia!

Permaculture:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

Had no idea. Have been reading for a few years a ibout the land culture used by original people of the Americas, after reading "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY) Paperback – August 11, 2015
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz "

Of course, brought up completely in the dark after all the public school history lessons, I had no idea that the original people carefully tended forests, waters, and flatland where they lived for eons, before it was stolen, and sometimes turned out like Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl.

You have illuminated at least one person who read this thread, and "permaculture farmette" does fit the situation perfectly!

Thank you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 10:29 AM

14. Thank you for sharing!

I saw this amazing place 40 years ago when I was on a high school class trip and it was enchanting then. Given their meaning to the area & the country I hope they’re preserved for generations to come.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 11:11 AM

15. I always thought they were truly floating islands

But they're built on fill resting on the shallow bottom of the lake. There are floating islands in other places in the world such as the inhabited islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 11:55 AM

16. Xochimilco glad they're trying to protect it-the area is so special and needed

Somewhere in there is an Island of the Dolls
The Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas), located in the channels of Xochimilco, south of the center of Mexico City, very close to the Estadio Azteca football stadium, is a chinampa of the Laguna de Teshuilo and one of the main attractions of the channels. Dolls of various styles and colors are found throughout the island, originally placed by the former owner of the island, Julián Santana Barrera. He believed that dolls helped to chase away the spirit of a girl who drowned years ago. He died in 2001 of a heart attack. Sources say he was close to the same spot where the girl drowned.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_of_the_Dolls



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