Yup, you read that right.
Internationally celebrated on the first Saturday in May, gardeners around the world are encouraged to tend their plots au naturel. I suppose a sun hat would be acceptable, though I think not having a holster on my hip to hold my pruners would be an inconvenience.
Founded in 2005 as a way to interest people in getting back to nature there's a nod, of course, to the First Gardeners - Adam and Eve - who tended their Eden with nothing on, resorting only to fig leaves after they'd eaten of the forbidden fruit.
|"Are you sure that's not poison ivy? Oh, look! Shiny!"|
Adam and Eve, c. 1701-1704
Antonio Molinari (1655-1704)
This year a group of professional gardeners in England have taken WNGD a step further by baring all to raise money for Perennial Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society, a UK charity supporting people in horticulture. Taking their cue from the Calendar Girls, the Twitter formed group called Grubby Gardeners launched a social media campaign by posing in naught but their Wellies in order to reach their goal of raising £20K for Perennial in 2014.
|The Grubby Gardeners pose for charity at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens in London |
(photo: Jason Window via perennial.org.uk)
If you're on Twitter, follow the #GrubbyGardeners fundraising efforts @PerennialGRBS.