While public nudity is generally discouraged in our society, and mostly illegal, those who wish to bare it all can find opportunities on designated beaches and in nudist communities scattered around the country. The prudish may prefer that these encampments remain out of sight, but N.I.M.B.Y. might as well stand for “nude in my backyard” to those who celebrate World Naked Gardening Day in early May.
Yes, naked gardening is a thing, and our readers should not be that surprised. A story about nudist cooking recently appeared in our Dining section, delving into the history and practices of naturism. If you cook in the nude, tending to your vegetables that way is the logical prelude.
For the nudist gardener seeking friendly environs, a recent study by Lawnstarter.com may be revealing. The website, which connects users with lawn-care services, ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities, from best to worst, for naked gardening.
urban gardening. The resulting top and bottom 10 cities are uncovered in this week’s chart.
free the nipple” movement has raised awareness of gender discrimination around toplessness. (It’s legal in New York City for everyone.)
Let’s face it, many of us could stand to feel more comfortable with our bodies, and few would dispute the damage incurred by the pressure to meet our culture’s unrealistic beauty ideals. So grab your sunscreen, check your local ordinances and maybe keep the hedges high. A bit of naked gardening just might yield a healthy crop of self-acceptance, not to mention the carrots, tomatoes and kale.
For weekly email updates on residential real estate news, sign up here. Follow us on Twitter: @nytrealestate.