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In the Weeds: 8 Guys Who Documented Naked Gardening Day on Social Media

If you didn’t know, the first Saturday in May is Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD), a holiday invented in 2004 to encourage people to “tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.” The most recent WNGD was this last weekend, but we’ve enjoyed seeing all the green thumbs (and bums) that participated on Instagram, so we wanted to explore the holiday (and its sexy shots) a bit more.

The holiday seems to have been started by Clothes Free International (NSFW), a nudist organization that promotes body acceptance. They say that nudity is fun, promotes better body image, helps improve respect of others, personal self-esteem and provides a better understanding of human anatomy without shame and association of nudity with sex.

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Clothes Free International sees WNGD as a way to bring communities together in the act of gardening and to remind people that humans are a part of the Earth — so basically it’s like a nude Earth Day. But to really understand the essence of WNGD, consider this somewhat funny yet poignant poem from WNGD website:

SEASONAL INTERCHANGE by Michael Aitken

In Winter, when the trees are bare,
We mortals don our winter wear.
In Spring, when trees begin to dress,
We mortals then start wearing less,
Until, for some, with Summer’s heat
The role reversal is complete.

So while we look forward to next year, let’s look behind us at some of the most recent WNGD’s behinds:

This furry fella has the right idea (and even a welcoming sign).

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Of course, horticulture is always more fun with a friend….

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… even if that friend is just a gnome who’s got you covered.

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It’s easy to feel like plant royalty, once you really get into it.

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The plants aren’t the only ones getting thirsty on World Naked Gardening Day.

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It’s so much fun to see what grows in your garden!

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Fake plants are good too, if you don’t have a green thumb.

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(Image via patrickcronen1)

Just make sure to bring the right tools for the job — it’s dirty, sweaty work, but somebody’s gotta do it.

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