May is one of our favorite months. (Along with April, June, and about 9 others.) May kicks it off right with May Day, a holiday for giving flowers to friends and pole dancing that takes place in the sun and is never detrimental to one’s self-esteem. Not long after May Day is Mother’s Day, where we show love to our mothers and remind ourselves to plant tomatoes. For some reason these things go hand-in-hand, which is helpful for procrastinators like us who might otherwise delay planting them until it’s too late.
–Another great thing about potatoes: it’s rarely ever too late!–
Yes, May is the month where folks really like to get their “garden” on, and why not? With days full of sunshine and more holidays than you can shake a hoe at the soil is prime for the tilling…ENTER: WORLD NAKED GARDENING DAY. That’s right, just when you thought may could not be any better, it is now the host month for two of the best things known to humankind: gardening and being naked!
A few details about World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD). It was first declared officially in 2005 by Seattle resident Mark Storey. There are no rules regarding procedure or conventions to attend –yet. The only guideline is that you privately or publicly, with friends or alone, do gardening related activities to beautify and improve natural spaces. In the buff. WNGD is reportedly celebrated on 3rd, 4th, or 14th, and according to the official website (wngd.org) the 1st Saturday of the month. Fact: naked gardening is about freedom. No one takes attendance, so pick a day and feel FREE.
(We had such a good time feeling free, that for us it is likely the first of several WNGDs before the end of summer.)
“The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one’s flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure flow not explainable.” -John Muir, founder of The Sierra Club
Tips for enjoying naked gardening:
- A cocktail never hurts. Keep reading for some of our spring and summer favorites.
- If you’re the shy type, celebrate on a weekday while the neighbors are away.
- We can’t stress this one enough. Sun protection. Sun protection. Sun protection.
- Check local ordinances on nudity before going out in public.
If, like us, you are not fortunate to have access to acres of chirping birds and babbling brooks , what would be on your “Please stop power-washing” playlist? Do you know a good source for sun hats? Share your experiences and discoveries with us. (not necessarily your photos because asking for them is creepy but we do have a facebook page).
Some of our favorite spring and summer beverages:
- The classic Bloody Mary. Or Maria, if you’re a Tequila drinker. Refreshing and delicious, even in the morning. Note: Celery juice will help you stay hydrated.
- Mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice. Best for light gardening followed by napping.
- The Grimme Spring Spritzer: 3 parts Imbue bittersweet vermouth, 1 part St. Germain. Pour over ice in a 1-pint mason jar, top with soda. Garnish with lime and basil.
- Dr. Grimme’s Pain Panacea: 2 parts ginger beer to 1 part Imbue Petal and Thorn over ice for an adult sarsaparilla that’s simple yet satisfying.