Nantes, between botanical tradition and wild nature The heir to a long botanical tradition, Nantes is famous for the quality and richness of its ten parks. This tradition is a way of life, which marries the history of Nantes and its geography. The parks and gardens in Nantes have developed over the centuries with their own identity and their own particular landscapes. Between 1687 and 88, the reign of Louis XIV marked the start of the horticultural adventure in Nantes with the creation of the Jardin des Apothicaires, or Apothecaries’ Garden. This adventure really took off in the XVIIIth century. In 1726, in order to enhance the country's botanical collections, Louis XV ordered ships' captains to bring back plants and seeds from their long distance voyages. The mild climate and the influence of the ocean enabled plants from around the world to flourish.