The Metamorphosis Garden
Designed by: Rachel Pratt from Derby College. Supported by the MS Society
The Metamorphosis garden is designed to mark ‘change’. Reflecting the transition of the MS Society to the Neurological Centre, the garden will also highlight the change within humans, in technology and in
The garden was inspired by the quote ‘If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.’ Metal railings with butterfly-style designs and dark grey spiralling paving to the centre of the garden will capture the inspiration of the butterfly, the paving similar to a butterfly’s proboscis.
Attracting butterflies is a key part of this garden’s planting scheme a well as a strong focus on sensory planting for touch and smell as well as the choice of a ‘soft visual’ with bold moments of shape and colour. The softness of the planting is designed to provoke a feeling of safety and comfort, whilst the more distinctive plants within it are placed in a way to highlight different forms and shapes in nature both visually and tactilely. The twisted, tendril-like nature of the hazel contrasting with the dome shape of the allium are also shapes that highlight forms in the field of neurology.
There’s something to be enjoyed by all the senses in this garden. From the pebbles inlaid in the walls to help guide visitors through the space, to the buttons emitting nature sounds and verbal explanations of features such as ‘The Chrysalis.’ Visually impaired visitors can enjoy the scent of the climbing plants as well as the sound of nature that will be triggered by a weight sensor as people sit in the seat.