Did you know that there is such a thing as naked gardening?
Well I didn't until I read a post titled "The Home of the Naked Gardeners" on Helena's beautiful blog "The Swenglish Home".
Mr. and Mrs. Pollard, the owners of Abbey House Gardens, a former monastery in Malmesbury, England, prefer to tend their 5 acre garden in the nude with just boots and gloves on. It gives them a sense of freedom and closeness to the nature. The couple says on their website that they try not to take themselves too seriously, but, what they do, they take seriously. And that shows. Both on pictures and in the number of visitors. that by the way increased significantly after BBC showed their garden on the Garderners' World.
And who wouldn't like to visit this Garden of Eden? Judging by Helena's pictures that I borrowed, there is candy for the eyes wherever you look. And, they have the largest private collection of roses in the entire UK, displaying 2200 varieties.
For those of you who have a chance to visit and would like to do so in the nude, Sunday August 8th is the next Clothing Optional day. Which, by the way, pulls more than 300 visitors with about 80% opting to go butt-naked.
As I started looking in to naked gardening, I found that there is a WNGD, a World Naked Gardening Day. Unfortunately, it appears as though we just missed it, I know for sure I did. The fifth annual WNGD took place on May 8th, 2010.
Some of the reasons listed on WNGD's website why we should garden naked are:
- it's fun
- helps with a healthy body acceptance
- helps us relate to the natural environment
- it's a family friendly activity
And how about a little bit of gossip? I read in a tabloid that Eva Mendes likes to garden naked. And, Catherine Zeta-Jones admitted on the Letterman show that she liked to run around naked with her children in the garden at her Bermuda home. Who would have thought celebrities do it too???
Now, my blogger friends, get out there and try it! Then report back to me and let me know if it was fun.
But, might I give a word of advice before you start? Mind your poses and be careful with that hedge trimmer.
All pictures above are by Helena @ the Swenglish Home