Naked in the garden

Quick Facts

Date pattern First Saturday in May Dates

  1. 2nd May, 2020
  2. 4th May, 2019
  3. 5th May, 2018

Hashtag #NakedGardeningDay Tagged as

  1. Gardening
  2. Hobbies & Activities

Every garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils,
plants, and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy
as seeing what brings a smile to your face.

Teresa Watkins, Gardening With Soul

There’s nothing like getting back to nature to make you feel refreshed and revitalized, and there’s nothing like being naked while gardening to get back to nature.

If you love getting your hands and feet into the fertile soil and enjoying the sight and smell of newly sprouted plants on their journey to becoming beautiful full ground plants, and also enjoy being naked under the warmth of the sun, then Naked Gardening Day is for you.

History of Naked Gardening Day

In certain countries in the world, there’s an unfortunate tendency to sexualize all nudity, making the natural state of our bodies one that is seen as uncomfortable and shameful to exist in.

Naked Gardening Day seeks to help change that by taking a normal everyday activity, gardening, and mixing it with another perfectly natural thing, being naked. There’s nothing like being out in the sun and soil while helping mother nature grow beautiful things to get us acquainted with the essential things in life.

While, generally speaking, Naked Gardening Day isn’t intended to be a public activity, but one you participate in your garden, it was inevitable that the quest to become more comfortable in our bodies would lead to people organizing Naked Gardening Day events.

Some of these happen in one person’s garden; others take place in extensive co-op neighbourhood gardens on specially designated days. No matter how you look at it, Naked Gardening Day is a great event that’s bringing people together and freeing us from the confines of our cotton and polyester prisons.

How to celebrate Naked Gardening Day

Well, the easiest way to celebrate Naked Gardening Day is right there in the name, now isn’t it? Just get out there in the buff and do some weeding, plant some fresh tomatoes, or tend your flowers.

Being in your birthday suit under the gentle glow of the spring and summer sun is so freeing and refreshing, remember to slather down with sunblock to make sure you don’t grow more than plants! There’s no reason to keep these activities to Naked Gardening Day alone either! You can go out every day and spend some time with your skin and the sun while working in your garden.


Channel your inner flower child for World Naked Gardening Day, an international celebration of gardening in the buff.

(Image courtesy of Kim Scarborough/Flickr Creative Commons)

Spring is a perfect time to work in your garden, but seeing as the weather looks especially beautiful this weekend, why not take the opportunity to garden in the buff?

It might sound odd, but you wouldn’t be alone. Saturday is World Naked Gardening Day (heads up: that link leads to nudity), an annual event that encourages people to weed, plant and trim in the nude.

Nude & Natural magazine first proposed the idea in a 2005 issue, but writers shy away from claiming any organization or control.

“WNGD has no political agenda, nor is it owned or organized by any one particular group,” they write. “Naked individuals and groups are encouraged to adopt the day for themselves.”

That’s all well and good for seasoned nudists, who might treat every gardening day like World Naked Gardening Day, but what about the folks who have hardly stepped foot outdoors without clothes?

I talked to an experienced nude gardener I know well, I’ll just call him Scott, and asked for some tips. It’s not so tricky, he explained, but there are some important things to keep in mind.

1. Sunscreen is a must: It’s obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. You’ll be exposing a lot of your skin to the sun, and a lot of those places probably haven’t seen any sun. Scott said he uses the WeatherBug app, which gives the UV information in addition to the weather, to know when to lather up. Cloud cover is no guarantee against burning.

2. Protective clothing is fine: No need to be a purist here. Feel free to wear shoes and gloves if you’re going to be in the thick of your garden, and even pants if you’re using a trimmer. Scott said he rebuilt his entire deck in the buff last summer, and kept safety in mind when he broke out the power tools.

3. Forget about the bugs: It might seem especially creepy to think about garden insects crawling up your actual skin, but it’s nothing to be concerned about, he said. If you would normally apply bug spray, well, just apply more.

4. Consider your neighbors: It’s perfectly legal to work in your home garden nude, but don’t expect your all your neighbors to be so understanding. Scott has six-foot-tall fences around his backyard, so he feels comfortable, but he warned that not everybody is so open to it, especially parents of small children. “It’s just awkward,” he said.

5. Enjoy yourself: Once you free yourself from the discomfort of the social stigmas, Scott said gardening in the buff is an incredible experience. “If it’s a sunny day, you just feel good out there. The warm sun on the body, on the skin,” he said. “You can do anything naked that you can do clothed, you just have to take precautions.”

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KELLY Brook “does her gardening naked” to make sure she gets an even tan, according to a new report.

The 38-year-old is said to have boasted about “trimming her bushes” in the buff during a day out.

4 Kelly Brook likes to do her gardening naked according to a palCredit: Getty – Contributor

The Loose Women star has previously admitted she enjoys sunbathing naked and has posted pictures of herself topping up her tan in her garden.

A source told The Star On Sunday how Kelly told them she strips off completely apart from her “wellies”.

They added: “Kelly was also telling everyone how important it is to have a well-trimmed well-shaped bush and keep them stripped back.

“Obviously she was talking about her actual garden and nothing naughty.”

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby cracks up as Phil makes a joke about Kelly Brook’s ‘garden gate’ 4 She’s previously admitted she likes to sunbathe nude to get an even tanCredit: Instagram

Green-fingered Kelly has said her garden is her pride and joy and she’s even admitted to longing to star on her own gardening show.

She said earlier this year: “Me and Monty Don would be a good presenting combo.

“Gardening is now my full-time hobby and it’s great exercise.

“I don’t mind getting my hands dirty!”

4 Kelly’s life is all about gardening these days – after she moved to a stunning cottage in Kent Kelly Brook slams mums who take days off work to look after their kids on Loose Women 4 Kelly has previously said her and garden guru Monty Don would make a good presenting comboCredit: Handout

Kelly’s new passion is a stark contrast to the start of her career where she found fame as a model.

She’s been named The Sexiest Woman In The World by FHM Magazine and featured in Playboy in 2010.

Kelly now lives in a stunning 600-year-old apple and pear farm in Kent and loves growing her own vegetables, cooking and lounging by her outdoor pool on sunny days.




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She told The Sunday Mirror: “My lifestyle has changed so much in the past couple of years.

“For the longest time I was incredibly social, attending fashion shows and red carpet events, even owning a nightclub at one point, but now I’m enjoying a quieter life away from the spotlight.

Since settling in the countryside these days I’m more likely tending to my veg patch and looking after the wildlife in my garden than going out.”

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Some Calgarians will let the sun shine even where it doesn’t on naked gardening day

Saturday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud and the temperature to reach about 20 C, which is quite nice weather to do some gardening — in the nude.

This weekend marks the 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day — held the first Saturday in May — and some brave Calgarians will be taking part.

“I love it. I think it’s a fun idea, especially after a long winter, to get out there and get some vitamin D,” Jenny Hayles, who will be gardening in the buff with her husband, told the Calgary Eyeopener.

“It’s body positive, too. You’re not looking in the mirror, you have a task at hand, it makes it fun.”

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Jenny, a photographer by trade, and her husband Colin, a horticulturist, took part for the first time last year. They used their day job skills to produce a series of social media posts.

“In this day and age, we see a lot of images of perfection and they may or may not be real with all the filters people can put on their own photos, as well as Photoshopping in magazines. It’s fun just to be human and be yourself and be out. With a task at hand, you’re not thinking about looking in the mirror and what you perceive as imperfections,” said Jenny.

Colin Hayles taking part in the 2017 World Naked Gardening Day. (Submitted by Colin Hayles/Twitter)

The couple’s home in the northwest community of Hawkwood is somewhat conducive to nude gardening.

“We back onto a park so we have no neighbours looking over, and our house is set back further than the other yards, and we’re completely fenced in. So unless anybody is peeking over the fence, we should be good,” said Colin.

“It’s body positive, it’s fun, it’s a way to bond. There’s a whole community.”

Friends who rent an apartment will also be taking part — on their balcony.

“It’s a way for people to connect, have fun, get outside,” said Colin. “It’s more than just taking your clothes off and gardening, there’s a whole funness and freeness about it.”

Jenny Hayles says gardening in the buff can be a freeing experience. (Submitted by Colin Hayles/Twitter)

Colin has a simple rule for safety.

“No power tools and be careful with the pruners,” he said.

And participants can take the nudity as far as they feel comfortable.

“It’s World Naked Gardening Day, but I don’t think anybody is going to hold it against you if you have to put on a hat or some gloves,” said Colin.

“You’re allowed some protective gear. On a more serious note, the most important thing is the sunscreen.”

Started in 2005, World Naked Gardening Day was held in September for the first two years, then moved to the first Saturday in May.

“We had a long winter. It’s time to cut loose and have some fun in the spring,” said Colin.

Calgary police remind participants that it’s illegal to be naked in public view, even if you’re on your own property.

With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.

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