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Seattle is nation’s 3rd best for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day

Mark Storey, one of the people who started World Naked Gardening Day, mows his Shoreline neighborhood lawn in 2017. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, file)

“Being naked in a nonsexual way with other people and naked with nature de-alienates us and breaks down barriers.”

By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter
Apr 30, 2021


Mark Storey always has a Plan B for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day on May 1 in Seattle, where precipitation is always possible.

The Bellevue College philosophy professor, lifelong naturist and co-founder of the global movement in its 17th year will be potting plants au naturel with his wife in their garage should it rain on Saturday.

Which, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle, is almost certain.

The folks who put together a recent list on the nation’s best cities for World Naked Gardening Day ranked Seattle third after Miami and Austin. They took into account temperatures; they didn’t factor in rain.

But that’s OK, Storey said. The day was chosen because spring is a gardener’s most important season and because people can enjoy the bliss of having their hands in the dirt even while nude inside.

For this year’s list of Best Cities for Naked Gardening, LawnStarter compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across nine key metrics including the nudist population, the legality of nudity and the interest in nudity as well as the number of sex offenders per 100,000 residents.

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