11 Things You Shouldn’t Do On World Naked Gardening Day

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The first Saturday in May is World Naked Gardening Day. This year, it falls on May 6, 2023 and if you’re thinking of celebrating, here’s a bit of advice from people who’ve done it before.

While we should all be proud of our bodies, it’s not always appropriate to parade around in our birthday suits. If you choose to indulge in some bare naked planting, we suggest you keep it classy.

So today, we’re sharing 20+ posts that illustrate the best and worst ways to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day. This post was updated on 12/28/22.

The best and worst ways to celebrate world naked gardening day 2019

What is World Naked Gardening Day?

According to Wikipedia, World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) was introduced in 2005 as a nudist movement to discourage body shaming and encourage acceptance of all forms of the human body. And it’s really meant to encourage going au naturale in nature to experience a true connection to the green earth.

But you might argue that naked gardening has been ‘a thing’ since the garden of Eden.

“Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is— nor what faith or art or health really is.”

–Walt Whitman, Specimen Days

Today World Naked Gardening Day is celebrated by light-hearted and fun-loving gardeners around the world.

If you enjoy this humorous take on WNGD, then you’re sure to like my tongue-in-cheek post about why gardening is sexy

Do a search for #worldnakedgardeningday on any social network, you’re sure to find plenty of people sharing images of their adventures on WNGD.

I’ll admit I was nervous to look up pictures of how others had celebrated Naked Gardening Day, but most gardeners were really quite classy about it and I got a good laugh. After all, we are the only beings blessed with a sense of humor, and awkward + naked = funny. Every time.

While many gardeners opted to cover their goodies with some form of foliage, others were more creative. And it made me think about some of the things I would definitely NOT do on WNGD.

1. Plant roses

While WNGD is a great day to do some planting, stay away from thorny bushes like roses and bougainvillea.

On naked gardening day beware of planting thorny bushes like roses and bougainvillea

Or what about this guy who decided to bee keeping? Yikes. That’s ballsy.


Instead choose something more appropriate like Peter Pepper, Teton de Venus tomato, and German Johnson tomato.

2. Re-pot your cacti

Of all the things I can think of to do on WNGD, working with spiny succulents doesn’t make it on the list. You could easily get yourself into a sticky situation!


3. Go to the community garden

While I’m all for being unashamed of the naked body, I don’t really want to see what everyone looks like naked. For that reason, I recommend against gardening at the community garden on May 5th.

And for the sake of your neighbors, perhaps avoid trimming the low hedges in your front yard…


4. Fire up the hedge trimmer

In fact, I would think twice about using any power tools while partaking in World Naked Gardening Day.


5. Forget to bring props

When you’re baring all, you might feel more comfortable with a prop. Think outside the box! Sub in your favorite action figure or cover up with a tiny flamingo watering can. Hahahaha


6. Forget to put on sunblock

If you’re going to bare all to the sun, make sure you’re wearing sunblock! And you don’t want to be asking just any random person to help you with your back.

For this reason, I think Naked Gardening Day is best celebrated with that special someone. Even if you never make it out to the garden…

On naked gardening day don't forget sunblock

7. Pose in a wheelbarrow

Because what if you fall out and bruise your booty?


8. Squat in the bushes

I’m sure this guy was very careful with his placement when he got down and dirty with his plants, but it seems risky to dip your twig and berries into some twigs and berries.


9. Use sticky fly traps to cover your goodies

Instant regret


10. Forget a way to carry your cell phone

For listening to your favorite tunes of course.


Or just keep your pants around your ankles. LOL


11. Don’t do it alone

The best way to celebrate any day is to have some fun with someone you love.


Here are some things we should do on World Naked Gardening Day

I think it’s a great idea to get out and have some fun on WNGD, and it’s empowering to bare all. Most importantly, don’t be embarrassed. If you’re going to commit to a naked gardening day, then go all the way for it and have some fun!

Have fun with it

There’s something inherently funny about nudity. We should all be proud of our bodies, but let’s also give in to the fact that there’s a lot of awkwardness around being unclothed outdoors.


Include the pets

Especially if you also have a naked cat!


Or this pup who very tastefully posed with his plant.


Invite your friends

It’s always a good day to enjoy the company of your favorite people … just make sure they’re aware of the dress code.


Stay in your comfort zone

If you kinda want to participate but you’re feeling shy, feel free to just bathe in the garden. Don’t forget the beer.


Even news stations are getting in on the fun:

Here are some tips for trimming your bushes on WNGD:

Are you celebrating World Naked Gardening Day?

Share your plans in the comments below!

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  1. you clearly find nudity alternately titillating and disgusting. it’s neither. get over yourself. though a community garden in your average town without other naked gardeners would be a little odd, even on this day, why would you couch your objection in “i don’t want to see your nakedness”? if you don’t want to, then YOU stay home. don’t advise other people that you don’t want to see that so others should probably not go there? that is either illogical or badly written. again–nudity is no big deal. get. over.yourself.

    1. Hi Amy, I’m sorry my article upset you so much. I knew that that idea of naked gardening might seem inappropriate to some, but it never occurred to me that anyone would take this article so seriously.

      I didn’t mean to shame anyone for being naked. I simply said I would stay away from the community garden because I would not be comfortable around a whole lot of naked people … and maybe don’t bend over a whole lot if you’re outdoors in the nude. There’s some good logic there if you think about it.

      I hope you can reread the article and try to let it just be funny because laughing is so much more pleasant than getting mad over a silly article about totally buck naked people doing ridiculous things.

      Happy Naked Gardening Day 🙂

      1. So, you are putting it back on Amy, that she is the one with the problem. Your attitude in the article was immature, at least..at most, uneducated and lacking in respect.

  2. I’m surprised you didn’t mention that it’s not a good day to remove all that poison ivy and poison oak!

  3. Still too chilly here in Scotland at the moment, so I’m going to have to insist on a postponement until the weather warms up a bit. Then that would be normal anyway: my garden is not overlooked and why wear clothes at home if it’s warm enough not to bother?

  4. We moved a year ago and realised we were not overlooked. During the hot weather this year (from about June I think) I thought, ‘*sod* this’ and got my kit off whenever I could. I’ve been told it’s liberating, and it is, although I’m a bit on my own at the moment and not included family, friends or neighbours although some do know. The head gardener (Missus) was initially horrified, even though we have been married 40+ years, and I think she’ll take time to get the idea(!).

    We are close to a railway line and I do use a bit of discretion at the approach of a train (believe me, most of the general public are not ready for the sight of me naked) So as you can see I haven’t even waited for that day in May, in fact I’ve just come in now when the chilly breeze sprung up (08 Sept)

    Incidentally my body really is a ‘Temple’. It’s old, decrepit and crumbling…

    *sod – a lump of earth

  5. Thanks for the tips! Just wrote my own article on the embodied, sensual experience of gardening in the nude, in advance of WNGD this year.

  6. Can’t wait, since I have a body to die for. Yes, I do, but I won’t tell you where I buried it…

  7. Maybe you should have made the caveat not to read this if you can’t lighten up and have a sense of humor.
    I’m always amazed that some people don’t seem to be able to shed their cloak of criticism and negativity. I say to them “Get Naked”!! Hahaha 🤣

  8. Being naked is a freeing experience, especially swimming. God made each and every one of us. If being around naked people comfortable with being that way, just move away. Please do not judge folks who enjoy the lifestyle. Put some sun protection on and join them. We are all shapes and sizes. We are very accepting.

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