The first Saturday in May is World Naked Gardening Day. It falls on May 5, 2018, and if you’re thinking of celebrating, make sure you consider these words of wisdom.
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.
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.
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.
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. I’m not really sure what this girl is thinking. That looks like a very dangerous situation to me!
Вы знали, что в субботу был День голого садовода? Этот флешмоб был придуман в 2005 году и проводится до сих пор в первые выходные мая. Ну знаете, чтоб почувствовать единение с природой, все дела… Наверно и вправду очень круто копать грядки голышом на своей даче. Но у меня нет дачи. Зато есть мини-цветник дома, который я буду пополнять. Уж очень я люблю комнатные растения))) #fleshmob #nature #girl #worldnakedgardeningday #home #cactus #plants #flower
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…
5. Fire up the weed wacker
In fact, I would think twice about using any power tools while partaking in World Naked Gardening Day.
6. Get on a tractor with this guy
Even his wife is regretting the decision…
Well, it's official. During restaurant delivery day this is the photo everyone had something to comment about. I think we can tell who the extrovert is in our relationship 😂. We already have way too many ideas for next year! #wngd2017 #wngd #wngd2017 #langleyagriculture #langleyfarm #langleyfresh #bcbuylocal #womenwhofarm #worldnakedgardeningday
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…
7. Garden with your pigs
I don’t generally garden with pigs, but if I did, I certainly wouldn’t do it on WNGD.
I think celebrating WNGD is a fabulous idea! In fact, I may call the sitter and make it a date night.