It’s World Naked Gardening Day today (1st May 2021)! And many gardeners are getting in touch with nature by stripping down and getting out for an (albeit brisk) gardening session. Are you one of them? I know I am!
While naked gardening should be nothing to be embarassed about – the sheer principle of it is about being completely natural and doing what we would’ve done thousands of years ago! – you may be concerned that your neighbours (who might not know about World Naked Gardening Day) will get a shock when they look out of their window.
But don’t let this put you off! Here are a few things to do if your garden is overlooked on World Naked Gardening Day.
1. Put up a screen
The simplest way to avoid prying eyes is to set up a screen of some sort in your garden. Perhaps a lovely room divider, a curtain or a trelli. In fact, there’s a lovely trellis here that’s filled with faux foliage and perfect for keeping on after World Naked Gardening Day!
2. Get up early, or garden late
The middle of the day is probably when your neighbours are most likely to be pottering about, either in their own gardens or inside – therefore there’s more chance of them spotting your nudity! If you want to avoid their gaze, wake up early to greet the fresh morning in the buff, or step out in the evening for a late night session.
3. Stand under some trees
If you’re blessed with tall trees in your garden, you can use them as a sort of shield from your neighbours. They’ll also help with blocking out the sun if you’ve forgotten to put on sunscreen!
4. Garden indoors
If you’re very overlooked, or you have a shared garden or no garden at all, going outside with nothing on might not seem like the best option. Instead, close the curtains and go au naturel indoors to take care of your houseplants. Just make sure your webcam isn’t turned on, and keep a robe nearby in case the doorbell rings!
5. Don’t go totally nude
If you’re really uncomfortable with the thought of going completely naked, then don’t! There are no rules for World Naked Gardening Day, and it’s completely up to you how you decide to celebrate it.
How are you taking part in World Naked Gardening Day? Let me know in the comments below, and take a look at my other WNGD articles here.
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook – and writes a plant-focused Substack called Grow This, Not That.