Good news, gardeners: World Naked Gardening Day is happening on Saturday, May 7, this year. That means that all you horticultural exhibitionists have a few days to get in shape for the big day of planting and pruning.
But, how to best tackle this bare-all out-of-doors event in the age of Instagram and when most hibernating Mainers are just starting to realize that layers will soon be shed?
We’ve got you covered. But first, will you get arrested for tip-toeing through the tulips without a stitch?
Not in the Queen City.
“We have never arrested a naked gardener. I have arrested a naked woman on a lawnmower for OUI,” confirms Bangor Police Department Sgt. Tim Cotton. “It was night and she was not doing lawn maintenance, as far as I could tell.”
If you are dropping your drawers, unbuttoning your blouse and ditching all underpinnings en route to your raised beds on this high holiday, keep this in mind.
“We would more than likely summons a person for nudity if we had a complainant and if the person’s genitals were easily seen and offensive to someone else,” said Cotton. “I would say that nude gardening in your own backyard is not typically a problem for us here in Bangor.”
Phew. We are all clear to garden in our birthday suits: Bangor or bust!
Tips for successful naked gardening
For optimal results, follow these best practices for World Naked Gardening Day compiled by the BDN features team.
Hats on. You can and should wear a hat if it’s sunny. This adds shade — and perhaps a dash of modesty.
Ticks. This quasi-holiday is a field day for deer ticks, the scourge of the fullest-clothed gardener. On naked gardening day, think of all the crevices they can penetrate. When the day’s done, be sure to check, check, check everywhere.
Sunscreen. Slather on the 50 SPF sunscreen, paying close attention to parts you never knew existed. We don’t want to know what the nether regions look like scorched. Ouch!
No crouching. For sanitary reasons, it might be a good idea to reserve this day for raking, grafting, using the rototiller and all other vertical work.
No pricks. This isn’t a good day for pruning raspberry patches. Or rose bushes.
Own it. If you are going to do it, garden in the buff with pride. If your neighbors stop in shock, just wave! It’s your day.
Check the weather. During this chilly spring, catching the flu or a nasty cold could put a damper on this freewheeling parade. In Bangor, it’s forecast to be 67 and raining. Cotton suggests you plan accordingly.
“There might be weather challenges this year for those that choose to participate in this worthy event,” Cotton said.