Gardeners embrace nature in all its glory

Paul Campion, foreground, marks Nude Gardening Day with a working bee, assisted by (from left)...
Paul Campion, foreground, marks Nude Gardening Day with a working bee, assisted by (from left) George Cinch, Russell Cooke, Judith Lines, Alistair Lines and Lynn Cooke. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
It always pays to be careful with pruning shears, but a group of dedicated Waitati gardeners need to be more careful than most.

Paul Campion and his friends are naturists, and their enthusiasm for a clothes-free lifestyle means they partake in most activities wearing little more than a smile.

Gardening is no exception, but Saturday presented more incentive to prune while pantless — as part of National Gardening Week, the day was dubbed nude gardening day.

"We have had nude gardening days before — one of them was on the same day as the 48 Hour Film Project, so we had a nude gardening scene in the movie that we made on that day," Mr Campion said.

Dealing to nature while dressed as nature intended did pose some perils, such as biting insects or stinging plants.

"My daughter, who is a professional gardener, has strictly told me not to use any power tools today," Mr Campion said.

"Everything else is all right."

Clearing out overgrown flower beds, taking away garden rubbish and tackling an overgrown area where weeds had swamped some azaleas, were on the agenda for Saturday.

Temperatures in the 20s made it a perfect day for gardening, he said. 

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