Redbud District of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. is, like all Garden Club of Georgia districts, named for a flowering tree or shrub. The Redbud, Cercis canadensis, grows easily and seeds freely in acidic soils of the eighteen counties forming Redbud District. Forty clubs are located in twenty cities and towns and range in size from less than a dozen members to over forty five. Easternmost portions of Atlanta in DeKalb County are part of Redbud. Three councils of clubs, located in LaGrange, Thomaston and DeKalb County are part of Redbud District.
Clubs generally meet nine times a year and recess for summers. Policies, activities, and efforts of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. have District level equivalents. Redbud currently has chairmen and officers representing over sixty-five focus areas. Redbud District has presented an annual Standard Flower Show since 1970 at Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA, as part of the Yellow Daisy Festival, the weekend after Labor Day. The Festival celebrates the annual bloom of the rare and indigenous Helianthus porteri in soil pockets on granite outcroppings like Stone Mountain.
Many members of Redbud clubs hold certification as Flower Show Judges and as Landscape Design Consultants, Gardening Consultants, and Environmental Studies Consultants. These certifications are granted by National Garden Clubs, Inc. and require course work, testing and periodic updating.
Clubs involve themselves with beautification of parks and public buildings, including schools in their areas, as well as entrances to cities, towns, and subdivisions. Landscaping of Habitat for Humanity homes is
a special community service for members. They strive to protect the environment and are a major part of The Garden Club and NGC Project, habitats, pollenators, amphibians and wildlife. We also support our military through the Blue Star Memorial Markers Program. We also support The Deep South Project (community gardening).
Membership in Redbud District involves itself with youth, working at schools, churches, youth groups, and sponsoring garden clubs for children. Redbud members mentor special needs gardeners and residents of local, regional and state hospitals.
Redbud District has its own Awards Program and participates in and receives bountiful awards from The Garden Club of Georgia, Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and National Garden Clubs. Members also serve as officers and on boards of these organizations. It produces its own newsletter, the Redbud Reporter, and takes part in preparation of Garden Club of Georgia publications.
Historic Preservation and GCG's annual House and Garden Pilgrimage hold special spots in the lives of Redbud District's 40 clubs and over 1,000 members.
Butts, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, Talbot, Troup, Upson