large pair of
yellow rubber boots with huge treads on the bottom that leave
of carrots behind in the mud as I walk though the garden, a hat that
passed through the compost heap twice, and an old cord jacket with
sleeves for those runny nose days.
|Deck shoes (canvass and rubber): Holes are
beginning to appear
in the sides. These are worn without socks. They were
because they would not be damaged by getting wet; sometimes, they are
~ David #1
|Working in the garden, I like to be as naked as I can
that, of course, does not mean I am undressed. It just means that
my skin is a thousand times easier than washing ANY clothes. So
I wear old tennis shoes without laces, a tank top (quite an appropriate
name when you think of what it's covering), and shorts ... nowt else. I
feel free, and just about as earthy as it gets!
~ Anne #2
|My favourite gardening outfit consists of a
pair of 5 year old
navy Bermuda shorts which I routinely dye twice a summer to keep them
new. My bestest black and brown Wellies which are just a touch large,
that they galumph loudly when I walk but offer a quick release whenever
I get over involved in the compost mountain. Then my one piece
suit with the extra ventilation in the seat (modestly covered by the
but which leaves interesting body markings whenever I sweat too
This stunning ensemble is topped by pink and blue paisley handkerchief
knotted round my forehead to stop the drops of mucky sweat falling into
my eyes. (My hands are always muddy when sweat gets in my eyes --
hate that.) The best part of this outfit is that it takes 2
(1 per boot) to hop into the pool and clean/cool off. (I do have a
outfit for the cool weather gardening when the pool is only a dream,
you did say "favourite"!)
~ Ines #3
|Nude ... nuh uh ... my yard faces the exit ramp of a
highway ... wouldn't
want to create any "moving" violations. I sell "colour" in the
store where I work. I hope my customers never see me in my favourite
outfit ... it could jeopardize their confidence in my "taste". (Darn
over 35 words already!) Baggy khaki cotton shorts, baggy aqua
"Nearly Human Tour" Todd Rundgren tank top, navy duck shoes and a red
cap **blush** ...
(I do own a colour wheel).
~ Arlene #4 winner
|Straw hat: Raven and other bird feathers that I
pick up from
my lawn are stuck in the hat band. The hat is necessary most of
year since I am now sufficiently bald that my scalp would burn without
~ David #5
|jeans (winter) or jeans shorts (summer): These will
be worn until disintegration
reaches the point where a criminal charge of indecent exposure might be
~ David #6
|The concise way I like to do gardening, skivvies
& knee pads.
~ Jafa #7
|If I was out in the middle of nowhere and had no
chance of being seen
by anyone, I'd do my gardening in a bikini. But since that would scare
half my neighbours to death and cause the other half to laugh
into a stupor, I wear pretty conventional attire. I prefer to wear a
of jeans that are too small for me (because they are old and I don't
if they get messed up) and covered in paint splotches ( I also wear
for painting). I have a T-shirt which also is covered in paint and
stains that definitely looks awful, but it already dirty so I don't
if it gets messed up any more. It is also a bit snug and I spend a lot
of time pulling it down so it covers what it is supposed to. I have a
of runners, sans laces, that are definitely part of the ensemble
- grass stains and paint - but they also have the added touch of dirt
the soles and 'air conditioning' where I caught one on a nail last
I don't like to wear gardening gloves so I wear yellow rubber gloves
I finish the look with a straw sun hat with a big purple flower on the
side. I call it 'garden chic', my husband calls it 'garbage chic'.
way you look at it, I am comfortable when I tend to my plants and that
is all I worry about.
~ Janet #8
|Those wonderful clothes I wear only in the
I like to garden in the nude. I live in a rural area, and my yard
is surrounded by woods, giving me enough privacy. The sun feels
in the summer.
~ Jason #9
|A smile (sweet and simple). ~ Gardeness #10
|Twin set and Pearls -- not for us Colonial
lassies! 'Down under'
code of garden dress calls for a slapped on coating of sun block, and
repellent, then add shorts, singlet and rubber Jandals (thongs,
Fit is optional with age, and girth playing no part in final
Finishing touches are the white zinced nose, head sweat band and sun
And so we go forth to play in the dirt with nary a thought for
~ Kiwi Gardener #11
|Purple rubber boots. It is very hard to find purple
rubber boots in
adult sizes. Also this summer, I am about to find out what it is
like to garden while carrying an infant in a snuggli. But it
be much easier to find purple rubber boots for "Spike".
~ Heather #12
|My Garden is a spiritual place. I look upon it
as my sanctuary,
with this in mind its only fitting that I wear my holiest clothing
I hate surprise visitors, they always send me running for cover (I live
out in the country, so there's no one to see me otherwise). Bare foot
the only appropriate footwear when communing with nature, however, I'm
sure she understands when I wear my holiest work boots when using
~ Sarah #14
|My gardening outfit consists of a pair of old black
slacks and an old
tee shirt, and a gardening apron with lots of packets around the bottom
of it - which, I might add get filled up with odd bits and pieces after
each gardening session - seed packets, odd bits of wire, labels,
bits of plastic, and other strange things that ought not be in the
but I forget to empty the pockets and of course, they get fuller and
Can you imagine how funny I look - with packets that swing to and fro
whilst I walk around the garden beds?
~ Joan #15
|You think I wear clothes to garden in??? Guess
~ Lois L #16
|T-shirt: slogans include . . .
Born in the USA a long, long time ago.
I fought the lawn . . . [front] . . . and
Nifty, shifty, 50 [over 7 years old].
Several are so old, the slogans can hardly be read.
~ David #17
|When I work in the garden or at the green house, I
like to wear dark
green, baggy pants with tons of pockets; a size huge mens, green cotton
tee-shirt, over which goes a mens size huge dark green long sleeved
shirt. In the winter this outfit is generally topped by a men's size
green fleece top and a dark green wool beret, and on the feet, a pair
genuine farmer (green) rubber boots with very good treads. This outfit
has terrified people on the street, and intimidates greenhouse
so that if I yell "Put the plant down and no one gets hurt..." my
are complied with at once. The outfit described above varies only
during the summer. I lose the fleece top, and the beret is substituted
for a large white floppy brimmed hat with huge purple polka dots on it.
Garden Commando #18
|My garden attire consists of anything that is
comfortable, the bigger
~ DEH #19
|...can't wait to get out to the garden in the morning
to see how my
plant friends are doing - so - I wear whatever I'm wearing first thing
in the morning - the T-shirt I slept in, my undies, and for the
sake yesterdays jeans or a pair of long johns to cover up my unshaven
not to mention my stylish underwear!
~ Dawn #20
|Jeans with ripped knees - absolutely crucial for
those healthy brown
tanned kneecaps. Scruffy sweatshirt, my Lee Valley Wellingtons which I
wear as slippers in the house most days in the summer. And on colder
a red chequered wool coat that has had the sleeves ripped open from my
Irish Wolfhound trying to drag me away from the garden to play with
~ Carla #21
|Ooooooops . . . barefeet only when it doesn't involve
and rosebushes. I like the feel of the dirt between my toes.
~ Shauna #22
|Oh dear, I must admit to gardening in whatever I
happen to be wearing
when the mood takes me! Might be my dressing gown, might be a designer
suit! Whatever, whenever!!
~ Anne #23
|Well, my favourite gardening outfit is anything white
- I like to start
out looking clean and crisp - with an old, long short sleeved man's
that is red and black chequered and was picked up for 50 cents at
I wear old boots for the heavy work and white tennis shoes for the
stuff that have travelled all over Arizona -- and I will keep those
my toes are hanging out!
~ Shonna #24
|I favour green, preferably dark since it blends
nicely with the various
plant materials that I generally manage to get all over me. When doing
the annual Lime Sulphur spray, I put on a white (disposable) overall, a
mask, and a dishcloth over my hair, this is then covered with a plastic
shopping bag. The hands are put into rubber kitchen gloves and the
boots of course are on the feet. Armed with the shoulder sprayer,
I am a vision that has baffled many neighbours.
~ Garden Commando #25
|Living in the beautiful but often hostile
sub-tropics, I wear a well
ventilated wide brimmed hat, a coating of army strength insect
(allergy to biting midges), leather and cotton gloves, the cotton to
perspiration, leather to protect against snake bites, wasp stings and
little beasties encountered when weeding, reddish shorts and T-shirt to
disguise the soil's red colour, and clogs, (checked before insertion of
feet). And I love it!
~ Beryl #26
|What I have to wear when I work in the
"Full mesh jacket" (and hood with face screen), long pants with NO
Holes!!, X-country ski gaiters; gloves . . . did I mention we have many
hungry black fly hordes out here in the sticks? And hiking boots, in
of snakes (not really; they're just what's comfy).
~ Leo #27
|I think my Aunt had the right idea when she gardened
in her slip.
~ Gayle #28
|Yellow plaid stretchies, pink and yellow
tie-dyed T-shirt, either
hot pink and white platform sandals or lime green tennies with pink
on toes and my absolutely most favourite straw hat with the big,
faded yellow sunflower dead centre of the front, floppy lady bugs
on wire antennas and a big green Praying Mantis on the brim (keeps away
almost everyone!). Sunshades and my handy dandy ring clip for a
wiping rag complete my lovely ensemble.
Did I mention that I NEVER go in the front yard . . .
~ Shirley #29