|World Naked Gardening Day 2019, hidden in the hollyhocks|
World Naked Gardening Day 2019
On the first Saturday in May, gardeners of the world are encouraged to garden a little more ‘naturally’ than they might normally to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day #WNGD which is now in its 15th year and something I have joined in with since 2013.
|World Naked Gardening Day 2017|
Why? Firstly, it is a bit of fun and by finding just the right angle I hope my pictures raise a smile rather than cause any offence. However, there are more serious messages behind the fun too. One is about body image and accepting who we are and what we look like and the other is about addressing our relationship to the natural environment.
|World Naked Gardening Day 2016, tomato seedlings|
From people obsessing about having the perfect body shape, to gardeners determined to have a weed-free lawn whatever the chemical cost and farmers penalized by supermarkets for not growing straight carrots, I think we’ve lost the plot and need a little reminder to get back to what nature intended.
|World Naked Gardening Day 2015, raining|
Here are a few quotes from the WNGD website:
“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.”
“Stay private or go public. Make it a quiet time or make a public splash. Just get naked and make your part of the botanical world a healthier and more attractive place”
|World Naked Gardening Day 2013 and 2014, pottering|
Whether you are up for baring all or maybe just taking a barefoot stroll on the lawn today, I hope you get the chance to enjoy your garden, balcony or public open space. Please don’t forget your sun cream, especially on those delicate areas that might not normally get too much exposure.