Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pants Down, Rakes Up: World Naked Gardening Day is Approaching

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Just sitting in the tall grass, waiting for the end of allergy season. - BIGSTOCK
Just sitting in the tall grass, waiting for the end of allergy season.

Last week we talked about the plethora of ridiculous holidays we "celebrate" each day of the year, but I think I just found my favorite one: World Naked Gardening Day takes place this Saturday, May 7.

Gardening has a timeless quality, and anyone can do it: young and old, singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An elderly lady in a Manhattan apartment can plant new annuals in her window box. Families can rake leaves in their back yard. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do community-friendly stealth cleanups.

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.
Just watch out for the cholla and don't let your neighbors see. 

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Chelo Grubb

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