privacy policy

Updated October, 2019

THE WEBSITE,, is journalistic in nature, and provided for entertainment purposes only, specifically for the personal, non-commercial use of its readers. The website respects the privacy of its readers. It also depends on advertising revenues, and in order to run efficiently, it collects customer, user, technical and marketing data as outlined below that enable features of value to our users and allow effective website administration.

At A Way to Garden, a product of Margaret Roach Inc., we follow these general guidelines regarding your privacy:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of the website.

website visitors

LIKE MOST website operators, A Way to Garden collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how visitors use the website.

A Way to Garden also collects potentially personally identifying information, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users leaving comments on blog posts. A Way to Garden only discloses logged-in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

gathering of personally identifying information

CERTAIN VISITORS to A Way to Garden choose to interact with the website in ways that require us to gather personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that A Way to Garden gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. From those who wish to receive A Way to Garden updates via email, emails or emails and a name are collected.

In each case, we collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the website, and do not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent engagement with certain website-related activities.

aggregated statistics

A WAY TO GARDEN may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, we may monitor the most popular pages, or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. A Way to Garden may display its most popular pages publicly, but does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below.

For more information about the privacy policies of our hosting company (servers, at LiquidWeb), our software platform (WordPress), or our affiliate partners (Amazon Associates/Amazon Web Services), and aggregated statistics software (Google Analytics and Quantcast) please read their individual privacy policies:


A COOKIE is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. A Way to Garden uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the A Way to Garden website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using A Way to Garden’s websites, with the drawback that certain features may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

business transfers

IF A WAY TO GARDEN or its assets were acquired, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of A Way to Garden may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


ADS APPEARING on any of our websites are mainly from small mail-order plant nurseries and garden supply companies, but may occasionally be delivered to users by advertising partners, such as Amazon or Google AdSense, who may set cookies. (Google’s AdSense policy is explained in detail here.) These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by A Way to Garden and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers; follow those links to read their specific policies.


COMMENTS and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

privacy policy changes

A WAY TO GARDEN may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, at our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Contact us at awaytogarden [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions.

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