Updated: Nov 2
The first Saturday in May is World Naked Gardening Day! This year (2023), it falls on May 6 (tomorrow). And since we are living our lives unbound, it seems like the perfect holiday to celebrate. But before you brandish your birthday suit, here are a few cheeky do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for this World Naked Gardening Day.
What is World Naked Gardening Day?
According to Wikipedia, World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) was founded and organized by Mark Storey (consulting editor for Nude & Natural magazine) and permaculturalist Jacob Gabriel in 2005. It was introduced as a nudist movement to discourage body shaming and encourage acceptance of all forms of the human body while encouraging people to go au naturale in nature and experience a truer connection to the earth.
Today WNGD is celebrated the world over by light-hearted and fun-loving gardeners. Do a search on any social platform for #worldnakedgardeningday, and you’ll be gifted with a wide array of gardeners in all their naked glory. But all these photos got me thinking… Are there perhaps some tasks better left for another day? With that in mind, here is our list of things NOT to do on World Naked Gardening Day.
#1 Paint the Roses Red
WNGD may be a great day to get some planting done, but maybe steer clear of the roses, bougainvillea, and cacti today. When you have all of your goodies out, it would be easy to get into a thorny predicament and end up with thorns in unwelcome places.
Photo via Gardenclinic.com
#2 Tend the bees
Perhaps it’s just because I’m allergic to our little pollinator friends, but I personally am going nowhere near the bees without full protection!
Photo via alveolebuzz
#3 Trim the Hedge
If I were you, I would think twice before using any type of power tools while gardening in the buff.
Photo via grv626
#4 Don’t Forget the Sunblock
Don’t go bearing it all without applying some sunblock to your birthday suit, or you could end up with burns in places that should never be burned.
#5 Tend the Community Garden
While we wholeheartedly applaud everyone with the confidence to go au naturale in public, we don’t really want to see it firsthand. With that in mind, it’s probably not a good idea to show up naked at the community garden. This is one holiday that’s best celebrated at home, preferably in the backyard.
Photo via Webster Farm Community Garden
#6 Don’t forget to invite your friends
Gather up your like-minded friends to celebrate WNGD this year … just make sure they’re aware of the dress code first.
Photo via Algiers Behrman Community Garden & Club
#7 Not a Good Day for Squats
Hopefully, this guy was careful with his placement when he got down and dirty with his plants, but if you ask us, dipping your twig and berries into some twigs and berries seems risky at best.
Photo via stephgruber87
#8 Don’t Forget to Bring The Props
Remember to keep it classy this WNGD, and remember to get creative with your props.
Photo via CNN
Are you celebrating World Naked Gardening Day? Tell us all about it in the comments below, and if you post your pics to Instagram, add the hashtag #unboundlifewngd so we can see your posts! And as always, until next time,