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Haciendas of the Yucatan, Mexico

In April I travelled to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Travelling from Tulum to Merida to Campeche and then round to Holbox island we were able to stop at a number of the beautiful Hacienda buildings on our way. In recent years many of these Haciendas have been restored to their former glory.

These haciendas date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. Haciendas functioned as plantations in  were producers of henequen, or sisal, a strong fiber derived from the agave plant used to make twine and rope. Haciendas were the the source of the Yucatan’s wealth during the Colonial Era. Henequen was known as “green gold”. In the mid 20th Century the industry declined due to the production of synthetic fibres and the manufacturing of these in alternative products. Many of these haciendas as plantations were in Southern US used slavery and 

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Inca Crops

The Inca’s were pioneers of horticulture and botany and grew a number of different types of vegetables and herbs on the terraces at such places as Machu Picchu in Peru. As part of the design for the Journey Latin America’s Inca Garden at Hampton Court Flower show this year I incorporated a number of different vegetables and herbs grown in Peru and most likely by the Inca’s too. Many of these plants can be grown here in the UK. Here is some more information of each of these interesting crops!

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