From design to herbs, conference covers many topics

 From deer and design to hardscapes and herbs, you'll find a variety of topics at the Focus on Fall Gardening Conference on Oct. 3 at Scott Community College, Bettendorf.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, followed by the first keynote address at 8:30 a.m.

Titled "Success with bulbs in Midwest Gardens," Jason Delaney, bulb collection specialist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, will discuss familiar favorites as well as new and unusual hardy bulbs.

Following that, there will be a choice of 10 different classes, a break for lunch, a second keynote speaker and another choice of 10 different classes.

SESSION A, 9:40-10:30 a.m.

• Daffodil: Still the Perfect Bulb for Your Springtime Garden, Jason Delaney. Divisions, hybridizing, new trends and color advances.

• Deer-ly departed?, Martha Smith, horticulture educator, University of Illinois Extension. What we know about deer control and the options that may or may not work.

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