The park of La Pépinière, from vegetable plot to ponies
A foundation made by Stanislas, king of Poland and duke of Lorraine! Originally, the Pépinière ("tree nursery") was a simple trees plant.
They planted trees (elm, limes, beeches): the place became a nice public walk!
Next to it was the Royal square, 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 with ponys, she-goats, sheeps!