Nancy is not only a city of spectacular architecture and cultural heritage, it is also a pleasantly ‘green’ city. A quick glance at the map is sufficient enough to prove this, as the city is covered with dark patches, including in the heart of the centre city and in each of its neighbourhoods.
There are many public gardens and parks in Nancy and surrounds which are original and some of the more impressive have been included on the list selected by the French Minister of Culture as ‘Jardins remarquables’ or ‘Remarkable Gardens’. The Botanical Garden or the ‘Jardin botanique du Montet’ is an example of a listed ‘Remarkable Garden’, it is in the west of the city and shelters over 12,000 species.
Stunning Park Pépinière (Royal) consists of 23 hectares of greenery of all shapes and sizes and borders Place Stanislas. It is a beautiful place to meander to find the perfect spot to relax under a tree. The banks of the River Meurthe provide another place for recreation, forming a green winding path for cyclists, walkers and of course on the river, rowers. ‘Green Nancy’ also includes the ‘Plateau de Haye’ which opens onto the large forest, the Forêt de Haye, extending towards Paris.
Greater Nancy has yet another facet ‘green’. This is the botanic, scientific and artistic tradition which was exalted by the School of Nancy. All around the city, on and inside buildings in the Art Nouveau style, we can find this ‘green’ link. It is particularly well demonstrated at the School of Nancy Museum where you can find in furniture, ceramics, glassware and other from objects from daily life (as well as in the delightful gardens in the Museum grounds), plant life, integrated in the incredible artwork of Gallé, Vallin, Majorelle and Gruber.