Friends of Shades Creek

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. Our group started in August 1998. Our mission is to educate and engage the community in the preservation efforts of Shades Creek. We are supported by memberships and donations.


2018 Salamander Festival

Thank you for attending our 14th Annual Salamander Festival on January 27, 2018. We thank The City of Homewood and America’s First Federal Credit Union for sponsoring. Watch for details about the 2019 Salamander Festival to take place the last Saturday in January.
Click for 2018 schedule.


Next Shades Creek Cleanup: Saturday,
April 14, 2018

Our Spring Shades Creek cleanup took place on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Cleanup went from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and met at Brookwood Village next to Grill 29 (on the Macy’s side of the shopping center)  Thank you to all that have helped with our cleanup this spring – you really do make a difference!

May 3, 2018 – Birmingham Botanical Gardens Walk

6:00 P.M.  Meet at the front gate of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Molly Hendry, Garden Assessment Project Leader, oversees the strategic future planning for the 2 dozen individual gardens that make up the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Molly holds a B.S. in Horticulture and Masters in Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. Although native to Birmingham, Molly has worked at Winterthur Garden in Delaware as well as several gardens across England and Scotland as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Interchange Fellow before returning home to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 2017. Molly will be leading us on a walk + talk of BBG providing insight to her role at the gardens as well as future developments at the gardens. Through her role as the Garden Assessment Project Leader, she has spent a lot of time in the archives studying the history of the BBG and the individual gardens. Her job is to understand the original design intent, investigate how it is used today, assess each garden’s strengths and weaknesses, and prioritize changes that will happen so that each garden can reach its full potential and engage the public. Come early for a snack. We plan to leave for our walk at 6:00.