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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Art of Flowers - Tulips in Culture and Art


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Lifetime Learning Centre Mission BC

Mission, BC

Directions: Please visit our website to Register.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and offers closed captioning or subtitles.


With Alexsandra Idzior from the University of the Fraser Valley

Today, tulips are readily available in a rainbow of colours – yet once they were considered priceless rarities. This beautifully flowering plant entered Europe and then North America from central Asia, via Kazakhstan, Persia and present-day Turkey. Introduced to the Netherlands in the late 16th century, tulips were avidly collected and studied by botanists, connoisseurs, artists, and intellectuals.

They rapidly became a coveted luxury item, and for a short time, they were the main object of monetary speculation and the first example of an economic bubble. In two online presentations, we will discuss and view the representation of tulips through centuries of culture and art while celebrating their dominant place in the horticulture and especially in the arts - from ceramics, through textiles, to paintings, furniture, and home decoration.

*Please visit our website to Register.


Lifetime Learning Centre

Founded in 1986 and modelled on the concept of ElderCollege. Lifetime Learning Centre is a not-for-profit society. Our Mission is to provide adults with access to educational and learning opportunities for the purpose of enriching life and expanding personal and community knowledge. Our core values are community, learning, intellectual stimulation, wellness, intergenerational collaboration, celebration, and inclusiveness.