Saturday, May 2nd marks the Tenth Annual World Naked Gardening Day and yes it is a real thing. Since 2005, the first Saturday of May has been celebrated around the world by communing with nature in the “au naturel.” “Our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment,” according to the WNGD.org press release. “Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.”
Why garden naked? Well, here are some reasons that WNGD gives,
It’s fun! It costs no money. Runs no unwanted risk. Reminds us of our tie to the natural world, and does something good for the environment.
Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude.
It’s an opportunity to get naked and do some gardening with friends and family, or your local guarding club.
The press release goes on to explain that you can make it a private affair in your own home or backyard for the shy introverted types, or make a statement to the world publicly. “Stay private or go public. Make it a quiet time or make it a public splash. Just get naked and make your part of the botanical world a healthier and more attractive place,” the release explains.
The founders of WNGD insist there is no political agenda behind the event, nor is it the exclusive property of any one individual or group: “Naked individuals and groups are encouraged to adopt the day for themselves.” The press release concludes with this, “Events like WNGD can help develop a sense of community among people of every stripe. Taking part in something that is bigger than any one household, naturist group, or gardening club can move gardeners with an au naturel joie de vivretoward becoming a community.”
As April showers bring May flowers, World Naked Gardening Day brings us all back to our roots, so to speak. Whether you observe it privately at home or gather in groups to make a big celebration of it, I would offer one personal suggestion… Hold off on tending the thorny plants until Sunday.
Naked Gardening – Explained.