Baring all for gardens
Green thumbs will be baring their bums for New Zealand’s first National Gardening Week Nude Gardening Day on Saturday, October 20.
NZ Naturist Federation president Donna Miller said they made the decision to move away from the World Naked Gardening Day, held in the first week of May, as Kiwi nudists were chillingly unimpressed.
“No one wants to be naked when temperatures plunge,” says Donna. “It might be great in the Northern Hemisphere but New Zealand’s autumn temperatures are not conducive to getting your gear off. Moving our nude gardening day into National Gardening Week was a much better idea,”she says.
Fiona Arthur from Yates said National Gardening Week this year was focusing on helping butterflies flourish with a National Swan Plant planting day, also on October 20.
“It is great to have naturists clubs on board this year helping boost butterfly numbers,” says Fiona.
“Butterflies, including the much loved Monarch, are key pollinators for our fruit and vegies.
“The Monarch caterpillars in particular have a ferocious appetite and planting swan plants will help ensure they don’t run out of food so we’re asking everyone to join in and plant one or two,” she says.
National Gardening Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.
“Whether it’s a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening,” says Fiona.
NZ Naturist Federation, which has recently celebrated 60 years, has around 1600 members and it is expected a number of the regional naturist clubs will be participating in the National Swan Plant planting day.
“We’re looking forward to doing our bit for butterflies and we will also take the opportunity to get club gardens ready for Summer.
“Getting outside in the nude is a great experience and if you don’t feel up to a group gardening session, enjoy the privacy of your own garden and soak up nature there,” says Donna.
■ National Gardening Week is held from October 15-22. Yates wants to help everyone enjoy gardening and has giveaways to celebrate the week.
For our readers, Yates has a National Gardening Week Starter Hamper with everything you need to get gardening — valued at $100. You can enter by text (write TAC Yates, plus your name and address, and text it to 021 241 4568) or mail (address to Yates Competition and include your name, address and daytime phone number). Deadline is 5pm Friday. Yates is also giving away free butterfly friendly plant seeds, including Yates new Butterfly Field Mix seeds, until this Sunday — register online to receive your packet of seeds at www.yates.co.nz