Hooray! Time For World Naked Gardening Day!

April 26, 2015 | By | Comments (34)
Photo: telegraph.co.uk

Gardening as the Big Guy intended. Photo: telegraph.co.uk

If you think the only point of gardening is to bare your soul, you are sadly mistaken. Saturday, May 2, is World Naked Gardening Day, and I know you’ll want to participate!

Yes, it’s true. Every person on the globe who loves both flowers and fig leaves will be tip-toeing through the tulips with nary a stitch on this Saturday. Why? Because planting a tuber in your birthday suit gives you an au naturel joie de vivre that can’t be matched any other way. As Barbara Pollard (pictured above) puts it, “When you’re out there with a gentle breeze on you, every last hair on your body feels it. You feel connected with the natural world in a way you just can’t in clothes.”

Grumpy couldn’t agree more.

Now I know some of you are a little shy about appearing outdoors totally naked, but you shouldn’t be. For one thing, some of our most prominent political leaders are totally on board with it. For example:

Barack Obama

Photo: dailymail.co.uk

President Barack Obama. “Once we discard the trappings of clothing, we see that people are just plain folks,” says the President. “We need to focus on things we have in common that bring folks together and gardening naked is one. Count me in.”

World Naked Gardening Day has no political agenda. Thus, it garnered widespread support from Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, and Rush Limbaugh.

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is all in. Photo: newrepublic.com

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell gives naked gardening the thumb’s up. “We’re all about horses in the Bluegrass State,” says Mitch, “and gardening naked makes me feel like a stud.”

Political endorsements just keep coming. Here’s an exchange Grumpy overheard last week in the nation’s capital.

Biden and Palin

The Veep and Mama Bear. Photo: telegraph.co.uk

Vice-President Joe Biden:  “So, Sarah, I hear you’ll be ‘letting your hair down’ on World Naked Gardening Day.”

Sarah Palin: “You can see me from my house!”

A Word of Caution
Whether with your friends or all alone, gardening naked has its risks. First of all, men should keep their distance from hedge trimmers, shears, pruners, saws, scythes, and even weed whackers. Secondly, May marks the beginning of tick season in many areas of the world. So be sure someone spends at least 20 minutes giving you a thorough inspection following your naked day in the garden.

What To Plant
Although you’re free to plant anything you want on World Naked Gardening Day, some plants seem perfect fits. They include:

1. ‘Buff Beauty’ rose

2. Naked ladies (Lycoris squamigera)

3. Fanny’s aster (Symphyotichum oblongifolium ‘Fanny’)

4. Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), because Madonna is often naked

5. Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant totally naked

For More Information
You can find out more about this wonderful event by emailing Mark Storey at info@wngd.org. See you — all of you — in the garden on May 2!




  1. Angelis Jara

    But naked children on your front page? Painting up our desert? Shame on you!

    May 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  2. Ruth Ripley

    perfect day to plant those bare rooted roses.

    May 1, 2016 at 11:32 am
  3. Marcia

    Love it! The beauty of nature!! I live in the green mountain national forest VERMONT!!

    May 1, 2016 at 9:39 am
  4. marika200

    These people have evidently not gardened in Arkansas in July or August. They would be bitten by buffalo gnats, mosquitos, ticks, and fleas to the point of screaming! Oh, and did I say flies? It seems sweat tends to attract these critters! No waaaaay!

    April 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm
  5. Kasandra Maidmentt

    The date eliminates the Northern hemisphere. It needs to be changed to July so everyone can participate. It’s snowing in Scotland today.

    April 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm
  6. ramjee pahari

    its intresting for nepalise..in nepal we have no naked gardenening..

    April 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm
  7. Kat Katrawitz

    Rained all day in South-East England – and far, far to cold for naked gardening – fine if you live in Alabama – not if you live in Sussex!

    May 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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  9. Sabine Janssens

    hah news came a bit late, did some gardening but with clothes on. Of course wouldn’t do it any other way since sadly in Belgium the weather doesn’t allow that kind of thing yet. :p

    May 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  10. jargontalk

    World Naked Gardening Day… glorious!

    And for an event with humble beginnings by a couple of folks engaging in “guerrilla pranksterism” it sure has spread faster than crabgrass since it’s roots in 2005.

    May 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  11. Howard Smiht

    I won’t be doing naked gardening today (too cold & wet), but I will be doing a NAKED-SKYDIVE on 11 July 2015 at Swindon UK to raise funds for a really good cause. Please sponsor me: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HowardSmith-NakedSkydive. If I raise enough I’ll post the video on line…

    May 2, 2015 at 11:34 am
  12. Barbie Hancotte

    Don’t forget to water your Bush

    May 2, 2015 at 8:04 am
  13. Barbie Hancotte

    OK people it’s May 2,today,What’s up in the garden,have a fun sun shinny day!

    May 2, 2015 at 8:02 am
    May 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm
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  16. Cynthia Campsall

    I’m afraid the weather here precludes any thoughts of naked gardening tomorrow. Sorry!

    May 1, 2015 at 4:25 pm
  17. Guy White

    Ladies invite me over. So Count me in…

    May 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  18. bob

    Be sure not to irritate your friend with the pruning shears or you will learn where the words “tally-whacker” came from!

    May 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  19. raymond lambie

    It really wouldn’t do to be doing it when the kids come home from school, especially if your a grandparent looking after the kids. And moreso if they have friends in tow.

    May 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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    May 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm
  21. Drew Williams

    Bush Gardens?

    May 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm
  22. Angela Wehman

    You can show off your sexy feet in my knotty barefoot sandals! Perfect for World Naked Gardening Day! https://www.etsy.com/listing/229745245/barefoot-sandals-for-poolside-beach?ref=shop_home_active_6

    May 1, 2015 at 10:49 am
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  24. Johan Van Tonder

    It seems to me that it could be an extremely ticklish endeavour, not that it would be the tickling that would make me laugh so much! Oih! or as we say here in South Africa, Eish!

    May 1, 2015 at 3:05 am
  25. Tom

    Reblogged this on the Creative Garden Patch.

    April 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm
  26. SterlingRose

    Really enjoyed this. Gardening humor and comic relief creatively merged. Bravo, and looking forward to more.

    April 30, 2015 at 4:14 am
  27. Trey Evitt

    The World’s Three Great Religions all agree, this is where we all fucked up in the first place. How, ’bout, benefit of hindsight (see what I did there) this time men keep their ribs and women ignore talking serpents. Shame issues and all.

    April 29, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  28. Thom Foote

    You never see a naked farmer. Also, never believe a farmer with tanned feet.

    April 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  29. Earl

    What about the 3 cornered jacks found in Texas? Ouch! A rattlesnake bite to the nutsack would not be fun either

    April 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm
  30. madameamazon

    Hippie Whirled Nekid Gardening, Day or Night!

    April 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  31. semiamateurgolfer

    Haha what a day ! Fancy checking my blog out ?

    April 27, 2015 at 11:28 am
  32. lauri orkney

    i can hardly contain my excitement, upon reading this. a happy gardener!

    April 27, 2015 at 11:12 am
  33. James

    Grumpy been spikin’ the iced tea?

    April 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  34. Susan

    Fanny’s aster made me laugh out loud.

    April 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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