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World Naked Gardening Day

Yes, today, Saturday, May 4, 2019, is the fourteenth annual World Naked Gardening Day, when people across the globe are encouraged to tend their gardens, flower boxes and yards clothed only as nature intended.

However, I have decided not to participate fully this year. It’s simply too cold. This year, there is even still even snow on the ground in the far reaches of the yard. What I will do is bare my hands. Yes, I’ll dare to go outside without gloves. Maybe even in short sleeves. Does that count? 

Actually, it has been too cold every World Naked Gardening Day since I first heard about this seven years ago. What a bummer! If the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) wants people in my neck of the woods to participate, you’d have to move World Naked Gardening Day to July!

Since I know that most of my readers from warmer climes will, of course, be participating, here are a few tips offered by the AANR on how to enhance your nude gardening experience:

  1. Apply sunscreen liberally;
  2. If you’re gardening at dawn or dusk, remember the bug repellant;
  3. Prune roses, bougainvilleas and other thorny plants with caution;
  4. Don protective gardening gloves, hat and sun glasses;
  5. Add to your comfort kneeling or sitting on a towel-covered gardening mat;
  6. Appreciate the health benefits: Studies indicate your body needs at least 20 minutes a day of sunshine over at least 75% of your body to help prevent a vitamin D deficiency;
  7. Tell someone about your experience*. 

*Actually, if I ever tried this, I wouldn’t have to tell anyone: the information would spread throughout the neighborhood like wild fire! 

I personally would suggest putting something on your feet, even if it is just a pair of thongs… and avoid chainsaws.

Have a wonderful World Naked Gardening Day, everyone!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

11 comments on “World Naked Gardening Day

  1. Grin .. most everyday is nude gardening day here in my tiny garden. Nude gardening, nude blogging, tending my flock of chickens in the nude. Anyway you can see where this is going.
    Winter is a bit challenging – however it makes me move faster feeding and watering poultry when it is snowing or enduring an ice storm , strong north winds and outdoor temperatures in the teens or twenties.
    My living/work conditions allows me to be nude or semi-nude very near 24/7.
    I find it enjoyable and sometimes seem to forget where I last saw my shirt and pants.
    Happy Gardening

  2. I’m glad I missed it.

  3. Christine Lemieux

    Lots of privacy in my garden and I can hear vehicles coming down our long driveway. But…I think listening on “high alert”, swatting black flies and/or freezing my butt off would ruin what I am assuming the AANR wants to be a blissful experience!

  4. I used to attend a naturist club; there is nothing quite as bizarre as seeing gentlemen proficient in the trade, all volunteering to put up a new community hall; cement mixers, bricks, piles of sand, and appropriate accoutrements and accessories, and all they’re wearing is hard hats and work boots. Their most precious commodity left open to all possible eventual hazards and mishaps… Not the brightest spanners in the case…. (The more observant and savvy readers will note I deliberately omitted the words ‘erect’, ‘tools’ ‘box’ and ‘helmets’…)

  5. John Wilson

    Larry, I agree with you and Judy; it’s much too cold, wet, and cloudy for naked gardening pretty much anywhere north of Virginia. But don’t be bummed out! All is not lost for those who wish to indulge; Hike Naked Day arrives on June 21st, which is much more suitable to be outdoors in the altogether, no matter whether you prefer to hike or garden. Indeed, many folks (like myself) have an interest in both! (gardening and hiking only I’m afraid) And, just like a rare solar eclipse, where else will you have the opportunity to see a “full moon” in broad daylight!?

  6. I’ll have to pass – too rainy and cold here. 🙂

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