World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) is an annual international event celebrated each year on the first Saturday of May. For years I’ve seen the amusing photos people have posted on social media, and this year I decided to finally give it a go myself.
According to the Wikipedia article, WNGD “has become an annual tradition that celebrates weeding, planting flowers and trimming hedges in the buff. While it’s linked to a movement of nudists who promote wholesome and unashamed acceptance of the human body, the day is meant to be funny, lighthearted and non-political, founders say.”
So in this spirit, I gathered up my gardening gloves and tools and set about to do some naked gardening.
Organizers assert that “besides being liberating, nude gardening is second only to swimming as an activity that people are most ready to consider doing nude.” Given that I love nude beaches and nude swimming, this seems to be right up my alley.
Weather in San Francsico can be unpredictable any time of year, but fortunately the first Saturday of May this year turned out to be just right with a good amount of sun and a nice breeze. I started out with my shorts and boots, but before long I’d dropped the shorts and was ready to join WNGD in earnest.
I can’t say that my garden is particularly private, as it’s in the city and there are houses all around, but over the years the vegetation has grown up enough to provide some screening. And with that, I went forth with gardening in the buff.
WNGD is not owned by any one organization. That said, there is a website that has a lot of background and information on the event. It suggests participants tell someone about their experiences, so with this post I’m doing my part. I gotta admit it was fun walking around naked in my garden and taking the photos. Since then each time I’ve gone out to do gardening, I’ve thought about how fun it was to be out among the plants that first weekend of May with nothing but my boots, gloves and watering can.
The next WNGD is Saturday, May 2, 2020. Care to join me?