Leeds students tackle notion of weeds at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

GARDEN DESIGN: Leeds Beckett University students Zuzanna Golczyk, Frankie Tomany and Tom Rawlings.
GARDEN DESIGN: Leeds Beckett University students Zuzanna Golczyk, Frankie Tomany and Tom Rawlings.
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three landscape architecture students from Leeds Beckett University will be among the first to show off their designs at the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Frankie Tomany, Zuzanna Golczyk and Tom Rawlings have designed a garden – called the Path of Least Resistance –that challenges the perception of weeds and focuses on wild plants. It will be featured at the first flower show at the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire from Wednesday, June 7 to Sunday 11.

Zuzanna said: “The concept of our garden, The Path of Least Resistance, centres around the importance of wild, natural spaces in our urban environments and the positive impacts they make to biodiversity and human wellbeing. These plants provide valuable habitat, ecological functions and beauty to forgotten patches of the urban landscape.

“The Path of Least Resistance works with these plants, re-creating a naturalistic urban garden, drawing attention to the beauty of these often overlooked species, highlighting and sharing knowledge on many of the benefits they offer to wildlife and the future gardener.

“We want to challenge people’s perceptions of ‘weeds’ and inspire them to work with nature to create affordable and sustainable gardens that are easy to maintain. Rather than spending hours pruning and weeding to create what we typically think of as a perfect garden, why not follow the path of least resistance?”

Frankie and Zuzanna, both second year BA (Hons) landscape architecture and design students, and Tom, an MA landscape architecture student, used the Landscape Resource Centre at Leeds Beckett to build most of the garden, including four large metal sculptures. They were then given two weeks to create the finished design at the flower show.

Visit the students’ blog at www.polr.info to watch a short film about the project.