Speaker Announcement - Linda Horn

Linda will be joining us at the Oklahoma Chapter ASLA State Meeting on September 21, 2018. Please take some time to be introduced to her and give her a warm welcome to our meeting!

Bio | Linda Horn

Linda Horn is currently the Marketing and Community Relations Director for Total Environment, Inc. an Oklahoma City based Design – Build – Maintain firm and is responsible for community relations and design work with clients. As a member of  Total’s management team she is responsible for insuring excellence in customer service, quality control and design. Total Environment specializes in unique and distinguished commercial and residential properties and is considered one of the top leaders in the industry.

Formerly a native of New York, she was employed by the Queens Botanical Gardens at the age of 14 as a summer intern, then later full time as an Horticulture Education Coordinator responsible for in-house and outreach educational programs. In addition, she was a guest instructor for the famous N.Y. Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. During college she worked for Rosedale Nurseries, one of the first nurseries in the country that maintained some of the old blue blood estates such as Roosevelt and Cabot-Lodge, as well as many other high profile residences and commercial properties in Westchester and surrounding counties.

After moving to Oklahoma, she worked at TLC Garden Center, starting the first Nursery and Landscape Department (formerly greenhouse only) in the early 80’s and left to go work for OSU-OKC, returning as TLC’s chief horticulturist and director of marketing in 2001.

During that time, she started News 9’s ‘Let’s Talk Gardening’ television program for TLC, both producing and hosting 20 shows per season for several years until she left to work for  Total Environment in 2003.

While at OSU-OKC, she conducted marketing and education programs in business as well as horticulture and has lectured extensively on a variety of horticulture related subjects before moving into Administration as Director of Continuing Education. She continues to be an active member of the OSU – Stillwater Horticulture Advisory Board and the OSU-OKC Horticulture Advisory Board.

Linda has also been an expert guest speaker on a number of additional TV and radio programs and program speaker for various organizations over the years. She has been a Board member for the Myriad Gardens Foundation and a former board member (and continues to partner in projects with these organizations) of the Tree Bank Foundation, Oklahoma Horticulture Society and Oklahoma City Beautiful, Oklahoma Garden Festival, as well as the Oklahoma Proven Committee, National Garden Writers, etc., and has been active in many beautification projects throughout the metro area as a member of the Total Environment team. 

Linda is also a member of Leadership OKC Class of XXV– an organization that promotes leadership development through ongoing programs, volunteerism and community development.

 Linda is past president of the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association, being the first female elected to that position in its 63 year history at a time when it was the Oklahoma Nurserymen’s Association. The organization named her the Oklahoma Nurserywoman of the year in 2005. Other awards include OSU’s Distinguished Horticulture Service award in 2009 and the Oklahoma Beautiful Presidents Special Recognition Award in 2012 and the OHS Vaclevek Horticulture Award and the Myriad Gardens Crystal Orchid Award. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University in Business and an Ornamental Horticulture degree from S.U.N.Y. at Delhi with a certificate in Horticulture Therapy.
 

Linda feels very blessed that she has been able to build a career in a field that she loves, working for a company that she enjoys and one that understands the importance of giving back to the community!  She also feels so fortunate to have developed many special friendships that have blossomed out of her passion for horticulture and landscaping.

 Her most important achievements and blessings in life are her family –Christina, Trevor and her 5 year old miracle granddaughter Olivia. She thoroughly enjoys spending free time at home on her acreage in Arcadia with her family, friends and pets (and various other living creatures that find their way to her home). In her ‘spare’ time she enjoys volunteering, gardening, traveling, cooking for family and friends, reading and participating in variety of sports. Coming from a good Catholic family of 6 kids – the only thing that would make life just perfect would be to have her Mom and all of her family from NY living here with her in OKC!!!

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