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Orchid Show Coming to New York Botanical Garden

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Jeff Leatham“The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope” opens February 15, 2020, at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York.

Leatham’s designs and installations will transform each gallery of the exhibition in NYBG’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience, like a turn of a kaleidoscope.

The award-winning artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Leatham was knighted in 2014 with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres —- the highest honor for artists and others who have made a significant contribution to French culture. Leatham also has studios at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, California. His clients include Cher, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His publications —- Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design -— remain best-selling design books worldwide.

Jeff Leatham has been creating a sensation with his floral installations since he began his career in 1995. His work is a combination of his love for flowers and passion for design. Using shape, color, and simplicity, his creations are dramatic, bold, unforgettable statements that are always an integral part of the setting.

Arches of hanging orchids of deliberate hues will deliver a kaleidoscopic tunnel effect and, along with other design surprises, bring thrilling and hypnotic sensory delights to the 2020 Orchid Show. Leatham is working with horticulturists from NYBG, including Senior Curator of Orchids Marc Hachadourian, to assemble orchids from its collections as well as from some of the finest growers in the world. Orchids of seemingly every conceivable shape and provenance, including rare and iconic specimens, will be on display in breathtaking configurations.

“Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always,” Jeff Leatham said when describing his creations for The Orchid Show. “I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. People have seen the interiors of the Conservatory already, but with this exhibition, I want them to look through them like never before.”

During Orchid Evenings on select dates throughout the run of “The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope”, adults 21 and over can experience the exhibition at night with music, cash bars, and light bites.

At NYBG Shop, Orchid Show visitors may select from thousands of orchids: from exotic, hard-to-find specimens for connoisseurs to elegant yet easy-to-grow varieties for beginners available for purchase, along with orchid products and books.

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope
runs February 15 Through April 19, 2020.

Psst — the Holiday Train Show continues through January 26, 2020, at the NYBG.

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad or subway. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The best way to enjoy the Garden is with the All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions such as the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Tram Tour. For ticket pricing, please check our Web site. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit .
Lavender Orchids

(Photos courtesy of New York Botanical Garden)

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