Affinity Partners

American Public Gardens Association participates in a number of primary affinity programs that are available to all Association members.

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BHS Insurance

BHS Insurance currently insures over 100 public gardens across the United States. Working closely with the American Public Gardens Association, BHS has focused on meeting the unique and sometimes challenging needs of public gardens. The Public Garden Team is committed to providing comprehensive coverage along with valuable risk management services to support our garden clients.

Our approach is service-centric, starting with a risk assessment to identify areas in safety, compliance, human resources and overall corporate culture. Understanding the importance of safe spaces and positive visitor experiences, the insurance and risk management program is built with the goal of providing an appropriate, responsive insurance program, claims management protocol, risk mitigation, contractual risk transfer guidance and accident investigation planning.

Every day brings new opportunities and experiences – It’s about the people and the impact we can make to help each public garden succeed.

For more information on BHS Services, contact:
Sharon Van Loon: 800.350.7676
Kim Slager: 616.531.1900

or click here

Fine Gardening

Discounts on Fine Gardening membership and online learning courses

The Association’s new affinity program featuring Fine Gardening magazine offers a $14.95 digital membership, 20% off print subscriptions, and 25% off online course in Fine Gardening’s gardening design ideas, plants for a better planet, and sustainability in the garden tracks.

The American Public Gardens Association and Fine Gardening began a partnership in the summer of 2023. Fine Gardening provides the following benefits to the Association membership community. You can offer these benefits to your garden’s members.

Fine Gardening digital membership for only $14.95 per year. (Normally $49.95)

This offering includes:

Complete access to Fine Gardening’s website, which contains:
Regional specific gardening advice from trusted experts
Video tutorials
In-depth articles
Planting plans and designs
Propagation and maintenance techniques
Monthly members-only newsletter
And much more!

20% off regular subscriber rates to the print magazine

25% off any online course (use code APGA) in Fine Gardening’s online learning tracks:
gardening design ideas
plants for a better planet
sustainability in the garden

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Better Homes & Garden

Complementary Better Homes & Gardens digital magazine subscription for you and your garden constituents! This benefit allows current Association Member Institutions to offer Better Homes & Gardens digital magazine subscriptions as an incentive to their members.

This offer is only valid in the United States and Canada.

  • This affinity program is a member benefit for Association Institutions to use as an incentive to attract new members to their institutions. It is not available for corporate or individual-level memberships. 
  • This subscription program provides a one-year digital magazine subscription to each person that purchases a membership from one of our member gardens that has NOT utilized the paper or digital magazine subscription through this program in the past. 
  • This program is voluntary – direct your members to fill out the online form to receive their annual digital subscription. There is not a printed subscription form available. 
  • This program is not retroactive. 
  • Your Institution must be a current Association Institutional Member. 
  • This member benefit isintended to be an incentive to increase your membership sales. 
  • Please do not encourage members who have already used this benefit in the past to re-subscribe with this offer 
What Do I Have to Do? 
  • Each participating Garden/Institution will designate a representative (or the Membership Manager). 
  • Provide this link to your members that have not enjoyed this subscription before and ask them to complete the digital form to sign up for their digital magazine subscription. 
  • Provide clear instructions: To redeem the subscription, each person must complete the digital form to begin receiving  Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Please do not complete the form for your members. Clarify to your members that their digital subscription does not happen automatically with their membership activation to your garden/institution; they must complete the form to subscribe. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.  

Please direct all inquiries to our vendor Meredith/Dot at They reply within 24-48 hours, Monday – Friday. 



CFRE Participating Organization

As a Participating Organization, fundraising professionals who work for gardens that are members of APGA receive a 20 percent discount on Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) initial certification and recertification. CFRE Participating Organizations promote CFRE certification to their members to support fundraising professionals in centering their work on globally accepted ethical best practices.