This Saturday, May 7, marks the 11th annual World Naked Gardening Day, which is exactly what it sounds like: Get naked, go outside, prune some things. Why should you be gardening naked, putting yourself at risk for sunburns and rashes in uncomfortable places, you may ask?
Well, according to the organizers’ website, “Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude.” We have no statistics on that, but sure, why not! “Moreover,” they write, “our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment.” That sounds cool, too!
However, gardening can be a dangerous activity, made even more so by your intimate bits being exposed to the elements. So here are a few tips on how to stay safe this World Naked Gardening Day.
1) Make sure you can actually be naked
The World Naked Gardening Day site lists “park cleanups” and “community gardening” as ways you can participate. But stripping down and riding the subway to go pick up trash at your local park will probably get you arrested. Your best bet is to stay on your own (or a good friend’s) property.
But if you’re going to go public, brush up on your local nudity laws. Fun fact: In New York City, it is perfectly legal for women to be topless in any public space, so feel free to go weeding in Central Park, ladies!
2) SPF is your friend
So are sandals.