‘Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope’: Orchid Show 2022, New York Botanical Garden’s Spectacular Horticultural Theater

Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope Runs February 26 – May 1, 2022

Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG’s 19th Annual Orchid Show, Palm’s of the World Gallery & Reflecting Pool (Carole Di Tosti)

Lifestyle icon and floral designer to the stars (Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Dolly Parton, etc.), has returned for an encore presentation to the New York Botanical Garden after the show which he created in 2020 had to be curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic safety procedures and quarantine throughout the nation. But Leathem has reimagined the imagery of Kaleidoscope and once again the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and its various galleries are shimmering in a pageantry of color-rich orchids of every shape, size and variety. If you love orchids, this is a show to see for its gorgeous delights.

Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG’s 19th Annual Orchid Show, Palm’s of the World Gallery & Reflecting Pool (Carole Di Tosti)
Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG’s 19th Annual Orchid Show, Palm’s of the World Gallery & Reflecting Pool (Carole Di Tosti)
Jeff Leatham discusses reimagining Kaleidoscope for NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show
Upside down reflection of the main exhibit by Jeff Leatham in the Palm’s of the World Gallery & Reflecting Pool (Carole Di Tosti
Floral detail, upside down reflection of the water, main exhibit by Jeff Leatham in the Palm’s of the World Gallery & Reflecting Pool (Carole Di Tosti

Lifestyle icon and floral designer to the stars (Oprah Winfrey, Cher, etc.), has returned for an encore presentation to the New York Botanical Garden after the show which he created in 2020 had to be curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic safety procedures and quarantine throughout the nation. But Leathem has reimagined the imagery of Kaleidoscope and once again the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and its various galleries are shimmering in a pageantry of color-rich orchids of every shape, size and variety.

Cymbidiums, moth orchids, dendrobiums, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)

Jeff Leatham said, “I am thrilled to bring Kaleidoscope back to the New York Botanical Garden in 2022. Much like when you look into a Kaleidoscope, the view is never the same.”

Showcase Gallery the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Showcase Gallery the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Another view, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, Showcase Gallery, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Detail, Showcase Gallery the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Dendrobiums and moth orchids, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)

Kaleidoscopic, with rich, multi-various hues, orchids compose the largest family of plants in the world. They number from 28,000-30,000 natural species and from 150,000 hybrids. Botanists and horticulturalists are constantly coming up with new derivations inspired to craft hybrids. And these they sometimes name them for individuals and celebrities. Jeff Leatham has a hybrid Vanda named after him and Awkwafina (comedic rapper and award winning actress) has her own orchid named after her zaniness. These orchids were featured in previous orchid shows at NYBG in 2019 and 2020.

Pansy Orchids, one of the 150,000 orchid hybrids, Rainforest Gallery, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
The Kaleidoscope tunnel carrying the theme of Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Showcase Gallery the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Vanda petals in the reflecting pool of the Showcase gallery, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Moth orchid detail of the orchid tower in the Showcase gallery (Carole Di Tosti)

Orchids were assembled from the finest growers in the world in January and early February as the NYBG beds were graded and prepared for the 2022 Orchid Show. Leatham worked with horticulturalists from NYBG and Marc Hachadourian, the Senior Curator of Orchids who advised what orchids would last longest for various displays and what could be replaced to keep the displays looking fresh until May 1st when the show closes. The plantings and design took two weeks.

Delightful purple/fuschia moth orchids Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, a pageantry of color (Carole Di Tosti)

Jeff Leatham’s work is a meld of his love for flowers and his passion for design. His displays are dramatic, vibrant and memorable. He integrates his arrangements seamlessly with his settings. Jeff has produced striking displays in Paris for two decades. In 2014 he was knighted with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor for artists and others who have made a significant contribution to French culture.

Wing of the Showcase Gallery leading into the gallery of cool, peace winding down Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope (Carole Di Tosti)

On select Fridays and Saturdays in March and April, adults 21 and over can experience the exhibition at night with music, cash bars and food available for purchase ORCHID EVENINGS WILL TAKE PLACE: MARCH 26, APRIL 2, 9, 16, 22, AND 23, 2022; 7-10 p.m.

Adjoining walkway for a different view, a zen garden of white moth orchids; Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
Members enjoying the peace of the white orchid varieties, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
A different view of moth orchids in a zen garden, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)
A peaceful conclusion to Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, NYBG 19th Annual Orchid Show (Carole Di Tosti)

At NYBG Shop, Orchid Show visitors can purchase Jeff Leatham’s publications: Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design. These are best-selling design books globally.

For more information about the 19th Annual Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope visit https://www.nybg.org/event/the-orchid-show/

About caroleditosti

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is an Entertainment Journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Writing is my life. When I don't write I am desolate. Carole Di Tosti has over 1800 articles, reviews, sonnets and other online writings. Carole Di Tosti writes for Blogcritics.com, Theater Pizzazz and other New York theater websites. Carole Di Tost free-lanced for VERVE and wrote for Technorati for 2 years. Some of the articles are archived. Carole Di Tosti covers premiere film festivals in the NY area:: Tribeca FF, NYFF, DOC NYC, Hamptons IFF, NYJewish FF, Athena FF. She also covers SXSW film. Carole Di Tosti's novel 'Peregrine: The Ceremony of Power,' is being released in November-December. Her two-act plays 'Edgar,' 'The Painter on His Way to Work,' and 'Pandemics' in the process of being submitted for representation and production.

Posted on February 28, 2022, in New York Botanical Garden, orchids, The Orchid Show and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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