- Special traits:
- -1 Gold maintenance cost
- +15% Food in this City
- +2 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 Food, and +2 Food per lake tile worked, rather than a flat +2 Food; it also requires 1 less 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.
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.