World Naked Gardening Day: It all started in Seattle

World Naked Gardening Day had its 13th celebration over the weekend, and it all started right here, courtesy of a Bellevue College instructor.

Not to worry, Seattle, about the Seattle we fear losing.

Not as long as people like Mark Storey are around.

That would be the unconventional, a bit off-kilter Seattle that separates us from same-sameness that envelopes many of our cities.

He’s one of the co-founders of World Naked Gardening Day, now in its 13th year, which was celebrated around the world last Saturday, as it always has been, on the first Saturday in May.

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Yes, the event started right here.

Saturday wasn’t a bad day for stripping down and planting dahlia bulbs — partly sunny, almost 60 degrees.

Storey says he gets emails from across the U.S., the U.K., Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and faraway places like India.

He commemorated #WNGD by mowing the lawn naked at the Shoreline home he shares with his wife, Kathy Blanchard.

“We’ve got bushes and trees,” Storey says about the property. “You’d have to walk up to the fence and look between the slats and stare before seeing anything.”

Also, Storey is 58. His wife is 61 and she also likes to garden naked.

Not being ageist or anything, but, you know.

“I don’t think a whole lot of people are checking us out,” says Storey.

He teaches philosophy at Bellevue College and is a longtime advocate of au naturel. He has authored books on the history of nudist film, and a book on “naturist” plays, and stories such as, “Clothes-free Aloha. A Naturist Tour of Hawaii’s Big Island.”

Really, says Storey, if you haven’t tried nudism, remember that day when you went skinny-dipping?

“It’s hard to describe, but anybody who’s gone skinny-dipping knows how pleasant it feels,” says Storey.

Pruning trees, raking leaves

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