Floating Gardens

Floating gardens (Civ5)
Building of the Ancient era

The unique building of the Aztec civilization
(replaces Water mill)

Cost 75 20xProduction5
Maintenance 1 20xGold5

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Specialists None
  • +15% 20xFood5 Food
  • +2 20xFood5 Food for each worked lake tile
  • +1 20xProduction5 Production
  • City must border fresh water

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Game InfoEdit

Unique building of the Aztec civilization. Replaces the Water Mill.

  • Common traits:
    • +2 20xFood5 Food
    • +1 20xProduction5 Production
    • +1 20xHappiness5 Happiness with Urbanization Freedom tenet
  • Special traits:
    • -1 20xGold5 Gold maintenance cost
    • +15% 20xFood5 Food in this City
    • +2 20xFood5 Food for each worked Lake tile.
    • Can also be built in cities next to Lakes.


The Floating Gardens is a magnificent early game building. In addition to the usual Water Mill effects, it provides 15% increase in 20xFood5 Food, and +2 20xFood5 Food per lake tile worked, rather than a flat +2 20xFood5 Food; it also requires 1 less 20xGold5 Gold to maintain than the Water Mill it replaces. Overall, it provides a great kick for your food production.

Aztec players should try building their cities in the right places (on rivers, or near lakes), so that they can use the benefits of the Floating Gardens to their maximum.

Civilopedia entryEdit

A floating garden is a small artificial island constructed on a freshwater lake in order to increase the land available for agriculture. The lake irrigates the island and provides it with fresh organic material, resulting in an incredibly fertile growing environment. The Aztecs were masters of this form of agriculture, and the "Floating Gardens of Xochimilco" remain famous today.