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Instructor of Floral Design

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Local Address: Bronx, New York, United States
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 SOUTHERN BLVD
BRONX, New York 10458
United States

Company Description: The New York Botanical Garden Press (www.nybgpress.org ) has one of the largest publishing programs of any independent botanical garden in the world and provides a...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Michael Polychrones School of Floral Design
  • Master Gardener designation
    Cornell University
23 Total References
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Leah Waybright Music Page
www.leahwaybright.com, 25 May 2014 [cached]
"Waybright is a composer, keyboardist, floral artist and wildflower preservationist. This project brings all of that together in a twelve track CD + 32 page CD sized book featuring illustrations, artwork and stories about each of the wildflowers that every track represents. Waybright's compositions are intensely melodic and brilliantly orchestrated, each with it's own spirited vision and expressive purpose; even though this is a concept album, any of these pieces could easily stand on it's own: zero filler. The material seems to span a lot of interests, but it fits well somewhere between progressive rock (structurally and conceptually) and - don't want to say new-age, the word has too many negative connotations, and the material here really transcends a lot of fluff that new-age music tends to be, but it should appeal to some of the same listeners. The casual listener might at first be reminded of Kit Watkins' solo work, yet the material here tends to be more upbeat and positive, not a lot of dark moodiness or ambient soundscapes. Interestingly enough, it's some of Kit's old band mates supporting Waybright here: Rick Kennell (bass and orchestrations), Stan Whitaker (guitar) and Ron Riddle (drums) with Gary Blu (flute and horn melodies) and GerardoVelez (congas and timbales on a couple of tracks).
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Let me explain: This beautiful instrumental ode to the magic and beauty of flowers - headed by keyboardist/orchestrator Leah Waybright - includes three members of Happy the Man among the supporting cast: guitarist Stanley Whitaker, drummer Ron Riddle and bassist Rick Kennell.
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A classically trained keyboardist, Waybright is first and foremost a floral artist, and with this album, combines both her passions successfully. The music is reminiscent of Happy the Man; new agey, serene, yet always with a solid, bouncy feel to propel the music along. Not surprising, Stan Whitaker, Rick Kennell and Ron Riddle are the other prominent instrumentalists here, with a few guests on reeds and percussion. Forming a more than competent background, the HtM members are not the main stars here; Waybright is clearly in control and is the main force in the proceedings. Digital keys are the main focus, but she uses nice and safe timbres, avoiding the cheese factor. Waybright does a wonderful job of illustrating each flower in song. As can be expected, tracks like "African Violet" contain tribal-like percussion and a few overlaid jungle sounds. "Birds of Paradise" brings to mind a steamy Malaysian jungle, with more ethnic percussion and echoed sounds of birdcalls overhead. The majestic "Forget-Me-Not" closes the album with great synth lines and some excellent acoustic guitar. A peaceful and beautiful album, Beauty Gone Wild provides a nice outlet from the typical bombast of symphonic prog. To top off the exquisite music, the album comes with a small, hardcover book featuring painted scenes involving each flower, and a brief history of the flower written by Waybright. Like an Impressionist painting, Beauty Gone Wild will absorb you in that vaguely familiar texture."
ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN MAGAZINE:
"Leah Waybright has a very smooth sounding recording here. The songs are thoroughly addicting. Leah has a wonderful talent to make her keys sing. She is a very creative composer, who can really get to your heart. I'm impressed as this is s a work of art and it is a must for any modern jazz, modern age, or easy listening music lover."
FROM THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK, JOURNAL NEWS:
Leah Waybright, curator of Wildflower Island at Teatown Reservation, wears many hats-floral designer, teacher and lecturer. Happy is the woman who can enjoy several talents, pursue each with enthusiasm and then combine them to create a thing of beauty. And, even better, make others happy by doing so. Such is the case with Leah Waybright. Her recently released book-compact disc, "Beauty Gone Wild," is a testament to her love for wildflowers as well as her skills as a composer, pianist and communicator.
But wait, there's more.
Waybright, who became curator of Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation, a nature preserve and education center in Ossining, also happens to be a highly regarded floral designer as well as teacher and lecturer. She has practiced her floral craft in suburban Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York, including at Flowers by Frank Laning in Chappaqua. A member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, she has been teaching at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx since 1988. Her four-session class on "Basic Centerpieces and Arrangements" begins July 15. Leah Waybright with lilies, roses, delphinium, viburnum and asters, set off by ivy, at a demonstration seminar in Chappaqua. In music, in writing, in gardening and in floral arranging, all the same principles come into play, Waybright says, ticking a few of them off: "Shading, harmony, rhythm."
Watching her pirouette behind a table stacked high with piles of flowers in different hues, shapes and colors-selecting a branch of gracefully arching high-bush blueberry from on pile, a few lush roses and lisianthus from another, perhaps thrusting in sprigs of limonia-is like seeing a choreographer who knows all the moves but is still surprised by the dance. Just one hour during a recent presentation for the Briarcliff Garden Club called "Mad About Color," and without a dress rehearsal, Waybright put together seven unique flower arrangements, all the while describing what she was doing and why. The audience applauded every arrangement, commenting on how fluidly and seemingly without effort she created the pieces. Elegant yet natural was the look she achieved. "We may not love every flower," she said at one point, commenting on some people's propensity to sneer at carnations, "but I do. She held up a magenta carnation called 'Fancy' and found the perfect place for it in the arrangement. Stargazer lilies, pink roses, blue ageratum, Queen Anne's lace and asters in a simple box, in an arrangement by Leah Waybright. Not only did Waybright research the history, mythology and folklore surrounding the flowers and write their stories, but she also orchestrated her compositions for each flower and performed them on piano and keyboard. The musical pieces for the album were composed over several years and recorded in Waybright's living room.
After working in florist shops for 20 years, Waybright, in her early 40s, decided to "retire" from her day job in flower shops but certainly not from floral arranging, giving demonstrations to garden clubs, teaching at the New York Botanical Garden, composing music or giving piano lessons to children in the evenings, another of her favorite activities. "I retired into gardening," she laughs. With a bit more free time, she looked for an opportunity to volunteer and found it at Teatown Lake Reservation, in Ossining. "I started to volunteer with Jane Darby, the curator, at Wildflower Island, in hopes of becoming a guide," she recalls. "We became best friends, and she became my mentor. After Darby died, Waybright was named curator of Wildflower Island. Along with her duties of guiding tours and organizing the thirty-some volunteers and the programs at Wildflower Island, she serves on several committees championing the preservation of wildflowers. Leah Waybright, who teaches floral design, with a white anemone.
In the lushly illustrated book accompanying "Beauty Gone Wild," Waybright dedicates her composition "Forget-Me-Not" to Darby. It is a moving piece and doubly effective when listening to the music while reading her account of how the wildflower came to be named. "The language of flowers defines eternal love as the forget-me-not," Waybright writes. "As a tiny blossom growing by the water, it must entice an onlooker to come very close to notice its beauty and charm."She goes on to describe how a young man, enchanted with the tiny sky-blue flower growing above a river, stoops to pick a bouquet for his companion but slips and falls down the steep bank into the swiftly moving stream. As he emerges long enough to see his love at the river bank, he shouts, "Please love me ... and never forget me." The bouquet of blue flowers floats to the surface and thereafter is known as the forget-me-not.
Welcome to Innertainment and the Leah Waybright Website!
www.leahwaybright.com, 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
WELCOME TO LEAH WAYBRIGHT AND INNERTAINMENT!
Please enjoy your time here and check back from time to time for updates on everything new. Leah has written and produced a museum-quality gift book, Beauty Gone Wild about the myth, magic and folklore of flowers and put the stories to music. If you want to pull the curtain back and read the story so far on Beauty Gone Wild please proceed to the story page. To select a sample of some music, read what the critics have said about the project, or to place an order, please proceed to the music page. You can also place an order on the contact page. There are some examples of the illustrations from the book on the gallery page. If you wish to contact Leah about Beauty Gone Wild, a wildflower presentation, a floral design program, or a piano performance or her piano teaching please click here.
ABOUT LEAH...
Leah is a country girl, born and raised on a dairy farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Mason-Dixon line runs right through the family property, so you could say she grew up in the state of Maryland too. Her family were farmers and gardeners and have a long history of growing their own food and working the land. Since the passing of her mother, the pre-Civil War house her family restored from 1743 is now a bed and breakfast here.
Leah studied piano from a young age and also played flute and alto sax in the Gettysburg high school band.
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Following school and over the span of several years, Leah had musical stints with two all-female rock bands and a handful of collaborations with various solo artists.
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It was after "Tommie" and upon her return to the East Coast that Leah began sowing the seeds for Beauty Gone Wild. Leah was elated to finally be writing and performing all her own material without limitations or compromises. The project was several years in the making, as the book had to be written, designed and fully illustrated, not to mention writing, recording, mixing and mastering the music. Soon the word was out on Leah and her solo piano perfomances at local wine bars and coffeehouses were establishing a growing local following. Around this time, Leah's sparkling performances naturally evolved into her becoming a sought-after piano teacher. Over the years, Leah has developed her own teaching style that emphasizes all the fundamentals, but also encourages creativity, experimentaion, self-expression and composition - even with the youngest of beginners.
In addition to her piano skills, Leah also has a diverse background in many other areas. Leah attended the Cappa Chell finishing and modeling school in the Washington D.C. area and had a brief career as a fashion model. A few photo shoots and fashion shows later, she found modeling simply didn't suit her personality. She wanted to pursue her love of nature and decided to attend Michael Polychrones School of Floral Design, in Springfield, Virginia. Subsequently, Leah spent a number of years designing in floral shops in Virginia, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York; eventually working her way up to being granted the prestigious American Institue of Floral Designers designation. Leah is an enviromental activist, an expert nature preservationist, an award-winnng floral designer, a garden club lecturer and a conservationist. Leah is an instructor of floral design at the New York Botanical Garden and has been teaching there since 1988. In 1996 she had a desire to volunteer her expertise, so she could give something back - cultivating and nurturing flowers - instead of snipping them off and using them in awesome designs.
This led her to Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York, where volunteering soon ushered her into a paying job as the curator in charge of the Wildflower Island. The Wildflower Island at Teatown is a magical and serene nature preserve, an island in the middle of a lake, featuring an abundance of rare and endangered native plants and flowers. Leah carries with her a distinct love and passion for nature, and she is an avid bird watcher and organic gardener. She spearheaded a successful initiative along with New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, to plant wildflowers along the Taconic Parkway. She was recently the president of the New Horizons Garden Club and gives lectures, floral design programs and wildflower presentations to other garden clubs and nature gatherings throughout the New York metropolitan area. Leah has repeatedly been the featured floral designer at the prestigious Stone Barns Center on the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills as well as at the Lasdon Arboretum in Somers, New York. These successful satellite programs are sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden. Her activities have been featured prominently and repeatedly on Channel 12 in Westchester and in the Journal News.
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Leah won a first place blue ribbon for a miniature floral design at a regional competition for the New Horizons Garden Club at Lasdon Arboretum.
She also took first place in May at a Rockefeller State Park charity event, for a floral design she created in support of the blooming of the peonies. The peonies were donated by the Japanese to the Rockefeller State Park, as a tribute to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. At the time the flowers were donated and planted, the Japanese also sent a crew to help install the flowers and provided guidance to the park on how to maintain and care for them. If you haven't seen the display, it is really worth a trip over to the park to see them when they are blooming.
In April 2012, Leah was honored to entertain the Judge's Council at the Federated Garden Clubs of Pennsylvania's Annual Convention, at the Hyatt Convention Center at Penn's Landing, in Philadelphia.
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Leah created on the spot seven amazing designs which were subsequently raffled off - to the delight of the attendees - at the end of the program. At this point, Leah creates her designs much like a chef - heading to the floral wholesaler only to pick and choose the flowers that are unique, special and fresh that day - and then creates her designs extemporaneously based on her feelings at the moment. Leah completely wowed the audience with her amazing talent and creativity - and in watching her, it is hard to believe how much of the program was improvised around a few simple props and containers. Leah has become fluent and intuitive at thinking way outside the box and bending - even breaking the rules. Her designs never cease to amaze and delight her audience - no matter what level of education and sophistication. It was gratifying to this council of judges to see that she incorporates so many plants, greens, grasses, ferns and mosses from the woods and garden - along with the flowers she purchases from the local wholesalers. And the judges were very grateful, heaping on the praise afterwards and providing enthusiastic applause as the designs unfolded.
She is spending her time getting the Wildflower Island open for the season, giving tours, nurturing the seedlings for the home garden, working at the Master Gardner's and Teatown plant sales - and is currently getting her piano students ready for their June piano recital.
In the Spring of 2011, Leah completed all of her course requirements at Cornell University and has earned the Master Gardener designation. Congratulations to Leah for all the hard work and to be awarded this prestigious honor. Her father was a Master Farmer, so it's only fitting that she follow in her father's footsteps as a Master Gardner!
Leah has been selected as Wildflower Chairman, Federated Garden Clubs, Ninth District, State of New York. The Ninth District extends from approximately the Newburgh, New York, area on the north edge - down to New York City - and includes the five boroughs. Leah is honored to assume this position and will pour her energy and dedication into making the best of this fine opportunity.
Innertainment and Leah are excited to announce their new strategic alliance with UFO Distribution.
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The initial project, Beauty Gone Wild was conceived and fulfilled by artist Leah Waybright. Beauty Gone Wild introduces an intriguing concept, by exploring musical interpretations of the myth, magic and folklore of flowers. From ancient times, flowers have been used for medicine, perfume, decoration and even food. Leah is an enviromental activist and has recently earned her "Master Gardener" designation from Cornell University. She is also a member of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers and has been instructor of Floral Design at the New York Botanical Garden, for over 25 years. SHe is also the curator of the Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation- a magical island that features rare and endangered native plants and flowers. In the research phase of Beauty Gone WIld, the romantic floral imagery unfolded before her eyes and she felt inspired to compose lush, beautiful music, focusing on the dramatic content revealed in the stories. Some flowers may appear delicate and beautiful but ooze poisonous, highly toxic nectar. Still others may bear nettles or thorns as a painful reminder of their tragic origins. Leah's compositions show off her classical piano training and background. When it came time to record the tunes for "Beauty Gone Wild", Leah recruited bassist and producer Rick Kennell, best known for his work with Happy the Man.
Leah Waybright Home
www.leahwaybright.com, 9 Dec 2010 [cached]
Leah has written and produced a museum-quality gift book, Beauty Gone Wild about the myth, magic and folklore of flowers and put the stories to music.
...
If you wish to contact Leah about Beauty Gone Wild, a wildflower presentation, a floral design program, or a piano performance, please click here.
ABOUT LEAH...
Leah is a country girl, born and raised on a dairy farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Mason-Dixon line runs right through the family property, so you could say she grew up in the state of Maryland too. Her family were farmers and gardeners and have a long history of growing their own food and working the land. Leah studied piano from a young age and also played flute and alto sax in the Gettysburg high school band.
...
Following school and over the span of several years, Leah had musical stints with two all-female rock bands and a handful of collaborations with various solo artists.
...
It was after "Tommie" and upon her return to the East Coast that Leah began sowing the seeds for Beauty Gone Wild. Leah was elated to finally be writing and performing all her own material without limitations or compromises. The project was several years in the making, as the book had to be written, designed and fully illustrated, not to mention writing, recording, mixing and mastering the music. Soon the word was out on Leah and her solo piano perfomances at local wine bars and coffeehouses were establishing a growing local following. Around this time, Leah's performances naturally evolved into her becoming a sought-after piano teacher. Over the years, Leah has developed her own teaching style that emphasizes all the basics, but also encourages creativity, experimentaion, self-expression and composition.
In addition to her piano skills, Leah also has a diverse background in other areas. Leah attended the Cappa Chell finishing and modeling school in the Washington D.C. area and had a brief career as a fashion model. A few photo shoots and fashion shows later, she found modeling simply didn't suit her personality. She wanted to pursue her love of nature and decided to attend Michael Polychrones School of Floral Design, in Springfield, Virginia. Subsequently, Leah spent a number of years designing in floral shops in Virginia, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York; eventually working her way up to the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers designation (www.aifd.org). Leah is an enviromental activist, an expert nature preservationist, an award-winnng floral designer, a garden club lecturer and a conservationist. Leah is an instructor of floral design at the New York Botanical Garden (www.nybg.org) and has been teaching there since 1988. In 1996 she had a desire to volunteer her expertise, so she could give something back; cultivating and nurturing flowers. This led her to Teatown Lake Reservation (www.teatown.org) in Ossining, New York, where volunteering soon ushered her into a paying job as the curator in charge of the Wildflower Island. The Wildflower Island at Teatown is a magical and serene nature preserve, an island in the middle of a lake, featuring an abundance of rare and endangered native plants and flowers. Leah carries with her a distinct love and passion for nature, and she is an avid bird watcher and organic gardener. She spearheaded a successful initiative along with New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, to plant wildflowers along the Taconic Parkway. She is the president of the New Horizons Garden Club and gives lectures, floral design programs and wildflower presentations to other garden clubs and nature gatherings throughout the New York metropolitan area. Leah has repeatedly been the featured floral designer at the "Stone Barns Center for Organic Agriculture" (www.stonebarnscenter.org)on the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills as well as at the "Lasdon Park and Arboretum" (Lasdon Park) in Somers, New York. These successful satellite programs are sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden. Her activities have been featured prominently and repeatedly on Channel 12 in Westchester and in the Journal News.
NEWS:
NEWS FLASH:CONGRATULATIONS TO LEAH:In June of 2009 Leah was selected as Wildflower Chairman, Federated Garden Clubs, Ninth District, State of New York. The Ninth District extends from approximately the Newburgh, area on the north edge, down to New York City, and includes the five boroughs. Leah is honored to assume this position and will pour her energy and dedication into making the best of this fine opportunity.
Innertainment and Leah are excited to announce their new strategic alliance with UFO Distribution.
Leah has written and produced a ...
www.leahwaybright.com, 30 Mar 2007 [cached]
Leah has written and produced a museum-quality gift book, Beauty Gone Wild about the myth, magic and folklore of flowers and put the stories to music.
...
If you wish to contact Leah about Beauty Gone Wild, a wildflower presentation, a floral design program, or a piano performance, please click here.
ABOUT LEAH ...
Leah is a country girl, born and raised on a dairy farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.The Mason-Dixon line runs right through the family property, so you could say she grew up in the state of Maryland too.Her family were farmers and gardeners and have a long history of growing their own food and working the land.Leah studied piano from a young age and also played flute and alto sax in the Gettysburg high school band.
...
Following school and over the span of several years, Leah had musical stints with two all-female rock bands and a handful of collaborations with various solo artists.
...
It was after "Tommie" and upon her return to the East Coast that Leah began sowing the seeds for Beauty Gone Wild.Leah was elated to finally be writing and performing all her own material without limitations or compromises.The project was several years in the making, as the book had to be written, designed and fully illustrated, not to mention writing, recording, mixing and mastering the music.Soon the word was out on Leah and her solo piano perfomances at local wine bars and coffeehouses were establishing a growing local following.Around this time, Leah naturally became a sought-after piano teacher.Leah has developed her own teaching technique that emphasizes the piano basics, but also encourages creativity, experimentaion, self-expression and composition.
In addition to her piano skills, Leah also has a diverse background in other areas.Leah attended the Cappa Chell finishing and modeling school in the Washington D.C. area and had a brief career as a fashion model.A few photo shoots and fashion shows later, she found modeling simply didn't suit her personality.She wanted to pursue her love of nature and decided to attend Michael Polychrones School of Floral Design, in Springfield, Virginia.Subsequently, Leah spent a number of years designing in floral shops in Virginia, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York; eventually working her way up to the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers designation (www.aifd.org).Leah is an enviromental activist, an expert nature preservationist, an award-winnng floral designer, a garden club lecturer and a conservationist.Leah has been teaching floral design at the New York Botanical Garden (www.nybg.org) since 1988.In 1996 she had a desire to volunteer her expertise, so she could give something back; cultivating flowers instead of cutting them.This led her to Teatown Lake Reservation (www.teatown.org) in Ossining, New York, where volunteering soon ushered her into a paying job as the curator in charge of the Wildflower Island.The Wildflower Island at Teatown is a magical and serene nature preserve, an island in the middle of a lake, featuring rare and endangered native plants and flowers.Leah loves nature and is an avid bird watcher and organic gardener.She spearheaded a successful initiative along with New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, to plant wildflowers along the Taconic Parkway.She is an active member of the New Horizons Garden Club and gives lectures, floral design instruction and wildflower presentations to other garden clubs and nature gatherings throughout the New York metropolitan area.Leah has repeatedly been the featured floral designer at the "Stone Barns Center for Organic Agriculture" (www.stonebarnscenter.org) on the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills as well as at the "Lasdon Arboretum" in Katonah, New York.These successful satellite programs are sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.Her activities have been featured prominently and repeatedly on Channel 12 in Westchester and in the Journal News.
NEWS:
October 1, 2006: Innertainment and Leah are excited to announce their new strategic alliance with UFO Distribution.UFO is handling Beauty Gone Wild on their website for digital downloads and hard good mail-order sales.Additionally UFO is handling the digitial aggregation for downloads with all the UFO download partners.In addition to listening to some snippets here, you can check out Beauty Gone Wild's UFO microsite: Leah's UFO Microsite or to go directly to Leah's UFO listening page here: Leah's UFO Listening Page.
October 9,2006: The New Horizons Garden Club, based at the Lasdon Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, has announced the election of Leah to the office of President of the New Horizons Garden Club.Congratulations to Leah, this new position will begin on the first day of the New Year.
November 9, 2006: UFO and Innertainment have announced that Leah Waybright's Beauty Gone Wild is now up on Itunes in the United States, Canada, Europe, Austrailia and Japan.
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