GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Saturday, May 6 is World Naked Gardening Day.
Yes, that’s a thing.
Even more surprising is that two sets of Michigan cities are apparently among the 10 areas in the United States that are most into the idea.
According to a two-month LawnStarter review of Google Trends from March 15 to May 15, 2016, the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek region is the No. 7 area for interest in the obscure holiday.
The region received a Google Trend score of 57, just behind Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, which had a Google Trend score of 61. Eugene, Ore. Is the No. 1 location of interest for “World Naked Gardening Day.”
Other areas on the list include Buffalo, N.Y., Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Little-Rock-Pine-Bluff, Ark., Burlington. Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y., Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., Spokane, Wash. and Knoxville, Tenn.
World Naked Gardening Day has been around longer than you may think. Participants are encouraged “to tend to their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.”
According to the LawnStarter report, the American Association for Nude Recreation declared in 2016 that aside from promoting body acceptance and personal freedom, “nude gardening is comfortable, saves on laundry and makes for a quick personal cleanup — just hose down or shower off.”
There’s no actual word on whether or not these Michigan communities will actually have a large contingent of participants.