A foundation made by Stanislas, king of Poland and duke of Lorraine! Originally, the Pépinière ("tree nursery") was a simple trees plant. The old nursery was in the middle of the royal vegetable plot.
But on this one, they decided to lay out the current place d’Alliance! They needed a new place for the nursery... so they bought a swampy land near the city heart, where we found old medieval ramparts.
They destroyed them then they planted trees (elm, limes, beeches): the place became a nice public walk! Next to it was the Royal square, the current Stanislas square. Bottom of those gardens, they even laid out a manege in 1770, for young noblemen...
The current nursery trees dates back to 1835, when the city transformed it into a public park with formal gardens. They raised a nice little bandstand, statues (Claude Gelée’s one by Rodin and Charles Sellier’s one by Finot), a zoo. Yes, do you see them? Ponys, she-goats, sheeps!