Did you know that it is World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) on Saturday, May 3? I didn’t know, either, until a reader here (thank you!) told me and asked me to write about it.

I applaud this movement — it’s a brilliant idea, even if it will be too cold and yucky here for any serious gardening. But as a nudist/naturist, I often urge people to liberate themselves from  the textile world, to be one with nature and to promote body acceptance. So, if you have been shy about nudism/naturism, WNGD might be the perfect time to give it a try. It is a very special feeling to be au naturel outdoors . . .

As you might expect, Wikipedia has a good entry on the event, which was founded in 2005 and is intended to be “lighthearted and void of politics.”

The World Naked Gardening Day organization (WNGD) also has a good website. Here is an excerpt:

Gardening has a timeless quality, and anyone can do it: young and old, singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An elderly lady in a Manhattan apartment can plant new annuals in her window box. Families can rake leaves in their back yard. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do community-friendly stealth cleanups.

Why garden naked? First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. 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.

Check out the WNGD site for more information.

Have your participated in WNGD in the past? Will you be doing so this year?


— Jillian