The History Of World Naked Gardening Day

Wikipedia would like you to believe that World Naked Gardening Day started in 2005.

But our photographic evidence proves a much earlier origin for this holiday, on the first Saturday in May, when “people are encouraged to tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.”

Some people need no such encouragement—including some of history’s greatest *ahem* figures.

Abraham Lincoln: Before he saved the Union he saved his tomatoes from early blight.

abraham lincoln world naked gardening day

Jane Austen: Surely you know her famous quote, “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love, with naked gardening a close second.”

jane austen world naked gardening day

William Shakespeare: His roses, by any other name, would smell just as sweet.

william shakespeare world naked gardening day

Mona Lisa: Why the famous smile? She couldn’t wait to disrobe and tend to her apple orchard.

mona lisa world naked gardening day

King David: Before the “House of David,” he had the “Greenhouse of David.”

king david world naked gardening day

Frida Kahlo: Where do you think the flowers in her hair came from?

frida kahlo world naked gardening day

Paul Bunyan: Took a break from the timber harvest to fell invasive trees.

paul bunyan world naked gardening day

Marie Antoinette: Wouldn’t have been so unpopular if people knew the risks she took in her cactus garden.

marie antoinette world naked gardening day

George Washington: He hated having visitors to his home in Mount Vernon and now we know why.

george washington world naked gardening day

World Naked Gardening Day: Future Dates

Make your plans now (and maybe plant a few hedges sooner rather than later)!

  • 2017: Saturday, May 6
  • 2018: Saturday, May 5
  • 2019: Saturday, May 4
  • 2020: Saturday, May 2

For more information, visit the official World Naked Gardening Day website.

Written by Seth Kolloen


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