Okay now while I can't speak on behalf of all West Michigan, a good portion of people from the region are at least interested in the idea.

With World Naked Gardening Day (yes, this is a thing) approaching, LawnStarter.com looked at google trends between March 15 and May 15, 2016. Why these dates? March 15th is around the beginning of spring while May 15th is shortly after the (strange, but still very real) holiday.

So how does this Google Trend work?

...analyzes a percentage of all searches for a topic like “World Naked Gardening Day” within the same time and location parameters, and then awards a search score (1 through 100) to a geographic region."

And let's just say West Michigan got a pretty high score. In fact, TWO regions in Michigan were listed in the top 10 areas interested in World Naked Gardening Day. If you click on the numbers, in the map below, it will pop up the city & what they scored [out of 100].

6) Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI: 61
7) Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI: 57

As you can see, the Flint area and West Michigan were back-to-back falling at #6 and #7 respectively. It's good to know we have some free-thinking people who don't mind being a little naughty ;) But no one is as naughty as the folks in Eugene, OR who scored 100 on the trend! 100! 

If your interest is now peaked, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6th because that's when World Naked Gardening Day will be celebrated this year. Why are we gardening naked, anyway? Because why not? Plus, there are some benefits to it that LawnStarter states in regards to a news release from the American Association for Nude Recreation:

  • It promotes body acceptance and personal freedom
  • It's comfortable
  • Lessens your laundry load
  • Quick cleanup (hose yourself down or shower)

Those are some pretty good points so go for it West Michigan... embrace the naked truth!