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Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room

In 1636 a tulip bulb in Amsterdam sold for the price of a three-story house, such was the demand for this new, rare and exotic flower. But it was only new for Europeans and particularly the Dutch who could not get enough of this exotic flower. They painted it, used it for seduction, traded it and showed it in all its glory. It even led to a term we now use called, “TulipMania”.

Dr. Richard W. Benfield will take us through the millennium the tulip has been developed as the flower of choice for the spring, and the countries of the world that, in their own special way, have displayed and adopted the Tulip.

About the Presenter

Dr. Richard W. Benfield is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut where he teaches courses in Human Geography, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, The European Union and many of the courses in the department’s tourism track. Prior to coming to Central he was Senior Program Coordinator in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma where he instructed citizens of the new Russian Federation on privatization and the transition to a market economy. He obtained his doctorate in geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.

His current research interests are in biogeography, particularly garden tourism, and the use of tourism as a conservation tool through the great botanic gardens of the world. He has also published extensively and spoken widely on the geography of Floriculture. In total he has travelled in over 115 countries and seen the botanic gardens and other private gardens in just about them all.

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