Swap mowers for green alternatives

•Home Depot is partnering with Newell Recycling for this week's Mow Down Pollution campaign, in which local residents can swap their pollution-causing lawn mowers and trimmers for more green versions.

From today through Sunday, customers can turn in their older higher-polluting (working or non-working) gas mowers and trimmers at metro Atlanta Home Depot stores and receive up to $75 off a more eco-friendly option. The donated mowers and trimmers will be recycled.

The small engines found in lawn mowers and trimmers are a significant source of Greenhouse Gas emissions, air pollution and smog, according to Home Depot, and the Environmental Protection Agency says mowers represent 5 percent of the nation's air pollution. For more information, visit www.homedepot.com/ecooptions.

Program will feature plants gone wild

•The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host "Weeds for Your Needs: Celebrating the Useful Wild Plants" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Callaway Auditorium at the State Botanical Garden, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. The program is free and open to the public. Call 706-542-6156, e-mail Kim Sutherland at ksutherl@uga.edu or visit www.uga.edu/botgarden.

Daffodil Show to feature floral exhibits

•The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host the Southeast Regional Daffodil Show March 17-18. The show will feature various types of daffodils, horticulture and educational exhibits. An amateur daffodil judging will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17. The show will run from 2 to 5 p.m. March 17 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at the garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. Admission to the show is free with admission to the gardens. Call 404-591-1550 or visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

- From staff reports