Xochimilco, besides being famous for its canals and trajinera boats, has one of the most traditional nurseries in the city. The name of this area in Mexico City is a toponym of Nahuatl origin which can be translated as “Place for the sowing of flowers” or “Field of flowers”.
Visit the Madreselva (Honeysuckle) Market, one of the most traditional markets, which is located in Lomas de Tonalco, calzada Xochimilco, Tulyehualco, where you will be able to find all kinds of flowers, plants, shrubs and some other hard to obtain plants such as birch trees. Another good option is the Cuemanco Plant Market, the largest in Latin America, with an area of 13 hectares. Here you will be able to buy at very affordable prices because there are no middlemen, the producer sells directly to the customer. Buy an orange or lemon tree and plant it at home; you will also be able to find cacti, orchids, bonsai trees, and a large variety of other plants.
During Holy Week, one of the most popular feasts in Xochimilco takes place, the feast of The Most Beautiful Flower in the Communal Farming Region, which this year will take place from March 17 to March 24. This event aims to reassess the beauty of the mestizo women in Mexico City, and highlight the origins of the people who still have communal farms in Xochimilco. The fair includes many activities, most of which are free.