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Get ready for the Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)! People across the globe are encouraged, on the first Saturday of May, to tend their
portion of the world's garden unclothed as nature intended.
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.
"The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one's flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure glow not explainable."
All that's involved is getting naked and making the world's gardens--whatever their size, public or private--healthier and more attractive.
WNGD has no political agenda, nor is it owned or organized by any one particular group. Naked individuals and groups are encouraged to adopt the day for themselves.
Events like WNGD can help develop a sense of community among people of every stripe. Taking part in something that is bigger than any one household, naturist group, or gardening club can move gardeners with an au naturel joie de vivre toward becoming a community. And in the case of WNGD, it's fun, costs no money, runs no unwanted risk, reminds us of our tie to the natural world, and does something good for the environment.
- John Muir, founder of The Sierra Club
"When you're out there with a gentle breeze on you, every last hair on your body feels it. You feel completely connected with the natural world in a way you just can't in clothes."
So what should you do? First of all, on the first Saturday of May, find an opportunity to get naked and do some gardening. Do so alone, with friends, with family, with
your gardening club, or with any other group collected for that purpose. Do it inside your house, in your back yard, on a hiking trail, at a city park, or on the streets. Stay private or go public. Make it a quiet time
or make it a public splash. Just get naked and make your part of the botanical world a healthier and more attractive place.
Secondly, tell someone about your experience. No one owns this event, so it does not really matter whom you tell, but tell someone. Tell your friends about your day of naked gardening; write down what you thought of it and email it to your local newspaper; post your thoughts and images onto an Internet site; submit stories and photos to your club newsletter.
Dancing in the fields epitomizes the spirit of communion and back-to-basics living.
by Michael Aitken
In Winter, when the trees are bare,
We mortals don our winter wear.
In Spring, when trees begin to dress,
We mortals then start wearing less,
Until, for some, with Summer's heat
The role reversal is complete.
Top right four images on header of this page courtesy of Michael Cooney/The Naturist Society. Black and white vintage images from Freikörperkultur #71, 47 and 62 circa
1940s/1950s. (Source: Mousebit). Click images to enlarge
Text by Mark Storey. Web design and editing by Daniel Johnson, Bob Morton, Doug Hickok. Last updated 2021.
Make World Naked Gardening Day EVERY DAY!
WNGD is a collaborative project founded in May of 2005 by the Body Freedom Collaborative (BFC)
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: For the first 11 years of its existence, the WNGD website was hosted by the friendly people at ClothesFree International. Thank you! CFI fully endorses WNGD's global vision of promoting
environmental stewardship and asserting our body-positive beliefs with creative and empowering international gardening events!
Beginning in mid-2015, the Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) is the host of the site. Thank you to NEF!