Of course, the true origin of nude gardening occurred long ago in the Garden Of Eden and it didn't really end well.

by John Bagnasco

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Photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash.

Yes, this is a real event that was founded in 2005 and yes, I thought twice about writing this article.

So, I thought that the best way not to offend too many readers was to simply come up with 5 pointers on things to avoid on WNGD in hopes of a better outcome.

  1. Don't get "stuck" planting or pruning roses, cacti or thorny shrubs and vines on this particular day.
  2. Stay away from power tools. Weed- eaters, hedge trimmers and mowers can cause injury to unprotected parts. If you must use these tools, don't forget to wear protective goggles.
  3. Watch out for sunburn. Do not go out without sunscreen covering areas where the sun doesn't usually shine. Mosquito repellent might also be a good idea in certain parts of the country.
  4. Do not weed thistles, poison oak or ivy on this day - for obvious reasons. Hula hoe use is acceptable, but not always pretty.
  5. Not everyone celebrates this day. Be mindful of neighbors that are not into "gardening" and don't stand behind low hedges or do anything that will attract unwanted attention to your WNGD activities.

The first time an annual World Naked Gardening Day event took place was on September 10, 2005. In 2007, the event date was moved to the first Saturday in May. International Permaculture Day, also takes place on the first Sunday of May. It is fitting That WNGD coincides with good weather and tries not to conflict with with the World Naked Bike Ride. Besides, Spring is the ideal time of year to be in the garden.

This annual event is intended to be non-political, and more about creating a positive human body self-image and appreciation for the natural world. My feeling has always been that there are really only two reasons for public nudity – either to see or be seen. In my case, it is definitely best to celebrate the entire day by working with my houseplants!

See a very brief video of a recent Naked Gardening Day in Ireland.