People across the globe are encouraged, on the first Saturday of May, to tend their portion of the world's garden unclothed as nature intended. This weekend we celebrated the 10th World Naked Gardening Day.
Why garden naked? First of all, it's fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us--even if only for those few sunkissed minutes--that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.
Wikipedia's Notable and historical naked gardening
- Adam and Eve were noted to garden naked, before the fall of man, in the Book of Genesis.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay was known to garden nude at the Steepletop estate in New York as part of her Bohemian lifestyle.
- Walt Whitman is also known to have written about his naked experiences in nature. In Specimen Day he wrote: "Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! --ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is--nor what faith or art or health really is."
- Actress and PETA spokesperson, Alicia Silverstone, in an interview with Health magazine said "It probably started when I was doing my garden the first time. I’d be out there, and it would be scorching hot, so I would take off all of my clothes and garden. And then I would jump in the pool and swim - and I always get in the pool naked, because why would you want to put on a bathing suit?"
- One month prior to the first WNGD event on September 10, 2005, Ian and Barbara Pollard, resident gardening experts on ITV's This Morning, held its first "clothes optional day" at Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England.
For all the info you need about this celebration, there's a dedicated website: http://wngd.org/
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