Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us, and we are committed to protecting it and respecting it.

The following governs our use of the personal information you provide through this website and all affiliated websites of Massachusetts Horticultural Society.


Guiding Principles

When we collect personal information from you, we generally require only the basic information needed for us to provide the service or product requested, whether that be (for example) to fulfill an online purchase, register a member, or set up an email newsletter subscription. With every transaction or interaction, there is basic information that we must have to do our job well…so we require it.

At the same time, we endeavor to deliver as enhanced and personalized an online experience as possible, to improve and expand the ways we communicate what we do and what we have to offer, and to gather feedback from you on a wide range of topics. The success of these endeavors depends on knowing more about you, and so we ask for additional personal information on an optional basis.



Personal information you give us is kept confidential and protected using industry-standard technology, such as firewalls and secure socket layers (SSL), a sophisticated internet encryption technology that scrambles data as it travels from your computer to our website’s servers.

We use Stripe for payment, analytics, and other business services. Stripe collects identifying information about the devices that connect to its services. Stripe uses this information to operate and improve the services it provides to us, including for fraud detection. You can learn more about Stripe and read its privacy policy at

Note: Personal information stored on our web server is securely encrypted and stored away from publicly-accessible areas of the website. No transmission of data over the internet or any other public network, however, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Although we make diligent efforts to safeguard your personal information once we receive it, we cannot warrant the security of information you transmit to us.



This web site employs cookie technology. A “cookie” is a small piece of information that a website asks your browser to store on your hard drive. This information helps the website “recognize” you instantly. Cookies recall information you entered before so you don’t have to reenter it again, keep track of items you put into your shopping cart, tell us what pages on the site you previously visited, and help us determine whether you came to the site from a particular internet link. If you prefer, you can disable cookies on your browser settings. You may still use our website, even with cookies disabled.


Email Addresses

We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise share email addresses to anyone outside Massachusetts Horticultural Society. If this specific policy should ever change, we will first post the policy changes on this page and then notify you by email about such changes. If at any point you wish to change or update your email preferences, you can click “Unsubscribe” or “Manage preferences” in any marketing email sent by Massachusetts Horticultural Society. You can also fill out the form on this page.

However, within Massachusetts Horticultural Society, we do use email addresses collected from an assortment of web site transactions and interactions to send periodic communications about our work in general and about specific subjects which we believe may be of interest to you.


Member Information

Member information is never sold or rented. Upon signing up, Members will be subscribed to members-only communication which allows us to fully deliver our offered Membership benefits.

However, the organization may occasionally exchange on a one-for-one basis the names and street addresses of a limited number of Members with other non-profit organizations. Members who wish to opt-out of these exchanges may elect to do so by emailing the Membership department at To help us locate your record, please provide us with your full name and your Membership ID.


Your Consent

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of personal information by Massachusetts Horticultural Society as described in this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy at any time. If this policy should change, we will first post the policy changes on this page and then notify you by email about such changes. Once posted, such changes shall be effective immediately. Your continued use of this site shall be deemed as acceptance of the modified policy.

Please be aware that when you click on links that take you to third party web sites, you will be subject to the third parties’ privacy policies, not ours. While we support the protection of privacy on the internet, we cannot be responsible for the actions of third parties. Therefore, we encourage you to read third party privacy policies whenever interacting with, and prior to providing any personal information to, another website.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us here.

To manage your email preferences or to unsubscribe, please fill out this form.

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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