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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!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

11 comments on “World Naked Gardening Day

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

  2. 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!?

  3. 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’…)

  4. 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!

  5. I’m glad I missed it.

  6. 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

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