Can you believe it? Today is the official international celebration of World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD).
It’s here and it’s not the inaugural event. Every first Saturday of May since 2007 has been the day for the annual nude gardening event — that just so happens to be celebrated worldwide.
The event actually first occurred on Saturday, September 10, 2005. The founders Mark Storey and Jacob Gabriel conceived of the event out of their love for nude activities.
The story has it that Storey, a consulting editor for Nude and Natural Magazine thought up the activity as a project of Body Freedom Collaborative (BFC), a nonprofit that seeks to advance nonsexual social nudity.
Off the heels of participating in the World Naked Bike Ride event, Storey realized that he and his wife also enjoyed gardening naked. He championed the activity by writing about it in the Nude and Natural Magazine and BFC took it on to make it a reality.
The nudist event became a reality on that cheeky September day. It occurred the same day the next year but was moved to the first Saturday of May in 2007 to account for the best season for gardening. Spring happens to be the best time to nurture plants according to gardeners.
WNGD has persisted for 13 years yet there is no official organization or company that owns the nudist holiday as remarked Storey in the New York Daily News, “no particular organization owns World Naked Gardening Day.”
It’s said that Storey doesn’t put much effort into the celebratory occasion. But that hasn’t stopped the event from spreading across the globe. People participate in the festivities of nude gardening both privately and as groups.
It hasn’t gone viral on social media yet. But there are several thousand posts in observance of the naked gardening day. Just today Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCFAUS) posted an Instagram photo of men posing naked in a garden for the international event.