World Naked Gardening Day

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World Naked Gardening Day
StatusActive since 2005
GenreAnnual naturism/nudism, gardening, guerilla gardening, permaculture event
Date(s)First Saturday of May
FrequencyAnnually, first Saturday of May
InauguratedSaturday, September 10, 2005
FounderJacob Gabriel and Mark Storey
Most recentSaturday, May 4, 2019
Next eventSaturday, May 2, 2020
Organised byBody Freedom Collaborative

World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) [1] is an annual international event generally celebrated on the first Saturday of May [2] [3] by gardeners and non-gardeners alike. [4]

Gardening Practice of growing and cultivating plants

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity.


A graphic for a gardening video celebrating World Naked Gardening Day in 2016. World Naked Gardening Day.jpg
A graphic for a gardening video celebrating World Naked Gardening Day in 2016.


WNGD was founded and organized by Mark Storey (consulting editor for Nude & Natural magazine) and permaculturalist Jacob Gabriel, as a project of Body Freedom Collaborative (BFC). [5] [ better source needed ] In its early days, Storey had a vision of BFC engaging in "guerrilla pranksterism" [6] such as hopping out of a van or showing up spontaneously in an urban environment and engaging in guerilla gardening.

Mark Storey is a board member of the Naturist Action Committee and has testified at anti-nudity legislation hearings all over the United States.

<i>Nude & Natural</i> magazine

Nude & Natural: The Magazine of Naturist Living or simply N magazine, is a quarterly 100+ page naturist magazine published by The Naturist Society in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. According to its web site "N offers readers a deftly balanced blend of timely news and features, incisive commentary and reviews, and perceptive site reports from naturist venues near and far. That and more. And it's all tastefully illustrated with images that take you to the very heart of the naturist experience." The magazine also features scholarly articles on naturist history, culture and current legal issues.

Permaculture agriculture practices using few energy resources and human intervention

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. It uses these principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, rewilding, and community resilience.

In the New York Daily News, Storey noted that WNGD is not owned by any one organization. "No particular organization owns World Naked Gardening Day," Storey said, and it's not actually one large gathering of horticulturists in Seattle who strip down and shear some shrubs together." [7]

Seattle City in Washington, United States

Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 744,955 residents as of 2018, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. According to U.S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area's population stands at 3.94 million, and ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. Seattle is the northernmost large city in the United States.

While the phenomenon quickly spread internationally, little investment has been made by its founders. "Storey said he and Johnson haven't spent any money or gone to any great lengths to promote World Naked Gardening Day since they initiated it. They helped create a website early on, and then receded into the background. They intended that the idea of an introduction to clothes freedom through gardening was valuable and would grow organically on its own." [8]

WNGD is endorsed by The Naturist Society, Clothes Free International and American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), [9] among others. As of 2012, Storey is the project lead of WNGD. [2]

The Naturist Society (TNS) is an American naturist organization based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. It publishes a quarterly periodical called Nude & Natural which contains articles on naturist activities and issues related to naturism. The Naturist Society was established by Lee Baxandall in 1980. Baxandall was the Society president for a number of years. Baxandall formulated the initial TNS motto: "Body acceptance is the goal, nude recreation is the way." This statement incorporates the belief that the human body is not intrinsically offensive and that the practice of social nudity can be affirming, not degrading.

American Association for Nude Recreation organization

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) is a naturist organization based in the United States.

The first annual World Naked Gardening Day took place on September 10, 2005. [2] In 2007, the event date was moved to the first Saturday in May; as of 2018, the event still takes place on the first Saturday in May. [10] In 2018, however, the New Zealand Naturist Federation adopted the last weekend in October as World Naked Gardening Day; this date was deemed to be better suited to the climate of the Southern Hemisphere. [11]

World Naked Gardening Day 2017. World Naked Gardening Day 2017.jpg
World Naked Gardening Day 2017.


According to NBC's Today News, WNGD "has become an annual tradition that celebrates weeding, planting flowers and trimming hedges in the buff. While it's linked to a movement of nudists who promote wholesome and unashamed acceptance of the human body, the day is meant to be funny, lighthearted and non-political, founders say." [8]

Organizers assert that "besides being liberating, nude gardening is second only to swimming as an activity that people are most ready to consider doing nude". [13]

Beyond body positivity, Corky Stanton of Clothes Free International, an organization that promotes nude recreation, has asserted that the event offers the "fringe benefits of bare, unabashed recreation: the satisfaction of exercising in the great outdoors; the attractiveness of an all-over tan; more Vitamin D on your whole body; the unbeatable experience of skinny-dipping if the naturist event involves a beach or a lake." [8]

Private vs. public observance

While the event is most often celebrated in secluded areas, BFC first kicked off the event with its trademark "guerrilla pranksterism" and did a photo shoot in a public park. In another year, Storey and Gabriel enlisted the help of local free beach users at an unofficial clothing-optional beach park on Lake Washington, in Seattle. [8] Many people choose not to venture beyond the relative safety of non-public areas. [8] During the fifth annual World Naked Gardening Day in the United Kingdom, celebrated in 2010, organizers encouraged people to go naked either in their private gardens or in public parks. [14]

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