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‘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/

New York Botanical Garden: Intimate ORCHID Spotlight Replaces Annual Exhibit

Phalaneopsis orchids, NYBG
Phalaneopsis Orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

As a result of the pandemic, the New York Botanical Garden has changed its approach regarding its annual orchid exhibition. In keeping with safety and security for New Yorkers, Garden members and guests, the annual Orchid Show will return in 2022. As a replacement, the Garden is focusing on a personal and close-up view of orchids without the fanfare, showiness and crowds.

corsage orchid, NYBG,
Corsage orchid, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

This year unusual orchids and other plants from NYBG’s permanent collections will be displayed in select galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory on February 20–April 4, 2021.

vanda orchids, NYBG
Vanda orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

Continuing with reduced indoor capacity, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is forgoing its traditional orchid exhibition presenting a limited Spotlight on Orchids and other permanent plant collections in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. A visit to select galleries of the Conservatory will reveal displays of orchids in brilliant white and striking colors set against the foliage of aroids, ferns, and bromeliads. The plantings highlight how the orchids might be found in nature as they blend seamlessly with their surroundings.

phalaneopsis orchids, NYBG
Phalaenopsis orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

The approach brings attention to orchids in their habitats and emphasizes investigation of orchids as one of the largest of plant families in their their variety with differences in their shape, size and color to attract pollinators. Orchids thrive on every continent except Antarctica and can be found even the desert gallery of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Paphiopedilum, NYBG ‘Orchid Show: ‘Singapore,’ 2019, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (Carole Di Tosti)

As visitors walk through the various galleries, they will be able to view and explore unique orchids from NYBG’s renowned collections from around the world. The Garden is known for its rare orchids. Don’t forget to take a long, lingering look at the glass case between the galleries where many of the Garden’s rare and small orchids enjoy their special, controlled environment. Also, check out the artful floral creations. These are fashioned by Botanical Garden horticulturists. The creations combine expressive orchids from the popular Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) to lady slippers (Paphiopedilum) with rocks, tree trunks, vines, and other found materials.

Dancing Lady Orchids, NYBG
Dancing Lady orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

NYBG looks forward to the return of its annual Orchid Show in 2022.

Cymbidium Orchids, NYBG
Cymbidium orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

The Spotlight on Orchids runs from Saturday, February 20, through Sunday, April 4, 2021; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phalaenopsis Orchids, NYBG
Phalaenopsis orchids, NYBG (Carole Di Tosti)

Tickets for Spotlight on Orchids is open to all visitors with the purchase of an advance, timed Garden Pass + Conservatory ticket, which includes access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and outdoor gardens and collections. Click on http://nybg.org/visit for more information or tickets.

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