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Welcome to Color On The Creek!

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Volunteer for the Fall Clean Up Event!

We’ve learned a lot over the last year in terms of protecting our tropicals and preparing the Creek for summer color. We’ll share more information about that sometime in February.

Meanwhile it’s approaching the time we will need to clear surface vegetation from the pots to prevent it from falling to the bottom of the creek and providing fuel for future algae growth. As in years past, we will also cap the lotus plants to protect them against hungry marauding muskrats.

Date of Fall Clean Up

Saturday November 3rd from 10 AM to 1 PM……as always, it’s rain, shine, sleet or snow! We will meet at the suspension bridge on the creek.

Call for Volunteers

We will need lots of creek rats – with or without your own waders – and ample shore help as well. Bring your friends and expand the circle.

Reminder: Dress warm and in layers.

What to Bring

We have waders, long water gloves and a large assortment of tools but if you have your own waders and pruning equipment please bring them along.

Let Us Know

Please email if you can come. Please state your intent – will you be a creek rat?

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Color On The Creek is an all volunteer inspired and managed water garden located in the Carroll Creek Linear Park which runs through the heart of downtown Frederick Maryland. Created in 2012, the garden transformed an algae plagued creek into a place of real beauty. The water garden blooms from April through October and is open and free to the public.  Stop by; you won’t be disappointed! Read more about us, get involved  or donate.

 Walking along the creek you can’t help but hear passersby admire the color and serenity of the setting.

“This is beautiful.”
“I wish our town would consider a project like this!”
“What a lovely place to stroll and enjoy the weather.”

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to our lovely town, make sure you take the time to enjoy Carroll Creek and the plantings we’ve added. This project began 5 years ago as an effort to enhance the water quality of the creek as well as to improve the aesthetics of Carroll Creek. Through volunteer efforts and corporate sponsorships, we’ve grown. Learn more...

Plant Materials in the Water Garden 

The plants varieties used for Color On The Creek are selected primarily to provide shade but also for beauty or visual interest. The plants in the Creek now include about 4,000 hardy lilies, lotuses and bog (emergent shallow water) plants including water irises, reeds, rush and cattail. Learn more…


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Your Contribution

Whether large or small, your contribution helps us continue our efforts and even enhance our offerings on the Creek. You are the reason we continue to thrive. Donate Now.

Volunteers run the show

Our volunteers are the backbone of this project. We started with 100 volunteers in 2013 and have grown to over 400 participating volunteers and donors. We always need volunteers – especially during our two spring plantings and fall clean–up when it’s time to put the water garden to bed! Would you like to help? We have fun. We learn. Get to know your neighbors and friends. Volunteer Now.