Naked Gardening Day – May 6, 2023

World Naked Gardening Day is an event celebrated on the first Saturday of May of every year, and this year, it takes place on May 6. Gardeners from all over the world get together to attend to their plants and flowers wearing no clothes or shoes. This way, they’re able to connect to the origins of gardening and our natural relationship with Mother Nature.

History of Naked Gardening Day

In 2005 World Naked Gardening Day (W.N.G.D.) began to spread around the globe. It wasn’t intended to be controlled by any person or organization in particular, but to simply be a movement in which whoever wanted to participate could do so. Creators of the movement included the editor for a magazine named “Nude & Natural,” Mark Storey, and permaculturalist Jacob Gabriel. The two started W.N.G.D. as a project linked to Body Freedom Collaborative, a movement that supported acts of authority defiance in hopes of spreading ideas of freedom and independence.

The official date set for the worldwide event is the first Saturday of May, however, due to the difference in climate in several regions, some countries celebrate their own day for Naked Gardening, such as Canada in June, and New Zealand in October. The event is not supposed to be super serious though, as the creators wished for it to be lighthearted and fun, spreading the word of the benefits of gardening and acceptance of the human body.

Not only that but naked gardening has been said to be a healthy activity since it allows the whole body to absorb vitamin D and allows for light and fun exercising. People are encouraged by the founders of the movement to celebrate it in public environments, but most gardeners choose to do so in the privacy and safety of their own households. Some of the best places to celebrate, according to an article, are the cities of Orlando, Austin, and Seattle.

Naked Gardening Day timeline

1980
The Naturist Society is Founded

One of the main organizations that endorse World Naked Gardening Day is founded.

2003
“Off the Map” Comes Out

A movie featuring scenes of naked gardening comes out.

2005
The First Event

The first World Naked Gardening Day is celebrated on September 10 across the world.

2007
First Event in May

The day of the event is officially switched to the first Saturday in May.

Naked Gardening Day FAQs

What month should you start a garden?

It’s best to start at the beginning of fall, and the end of summer. If you live in the northern hemisphere, that’s in September. If you live in the southern hemisphere, that’s in March.

How do you start gardening?

Make sure you have enough space and sunlight for the plants you’re intending to grow, then buy some seeds and get started!

What is the easiest vegetable to grow?

Some of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden are peas, radishes, carrots, and cucumbers.

Naked Gardening Day Activities

  1. Garden naked

    The best way to celebrate this event is by doing some gardening naked, of course! So shed all your clothes and get all your utensils ready!

  2. Buy some new seeds

    If you don’t really have a garden, you can go out and buy some seeds to start one. Maybe by next year, you’ll have a big enough garden to be able to fully celebrate!

  3. Spread the word

    You can always promote the event online via your social media and spread the word about the benefits of gardening!

5 Interesting Facts About Gardening

  1. Talking to your plants actually helps

    Studies have shown that sound waves and vibrations actually affect the way a plant develops and grows, so keep on telling your flowers how beautiful they are!

  2. There are many species of orchids

    Did you know there are over 4,000 different species of orchids in the world, with around 1,500 of them located in Colombia alone?

  3. Flowers can be as expensive as gold

    There was a time when a rose called the Juliet Rose cost its gardener over $15.8 million and took him 15 years to grow.

  4. Greenhouses originated in Rome

    The first greenhouses were built in ancient Rome, so the emperor could have cucumbers all year long!

  5. It’s good for your health

    Gardening helps your body stay healthy and reduces the risk of developing dementia by 30%!

Why We Love Naked Gardening Day

  1. It supports sustainability

    In urban areas, we tend to forget the importance of green areas and fresh plants for our physical and mental health. This day is great because it reminds us to keep our lives sustainable!

  2. It supports freedom

    It’s not every day that you get to walk around outside completely naked, right? On this day, you’re allowed to do so!

  3. It’s all about no judgment

    Every participant of World Naked Gardening Day is aware of how much insecurity can come from naked gardening, so keep in mind everyone is in the same boat. No one will judge you!

Naked Gardening Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 7Saturday
2023May 6Saturday
2024May 4Saturday
2025May 3Saturday
2026May 2Saturday

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