Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Linda Vater is a self-taught garden designer, speaker, writer, and garden media personality who has lived and gardened at her 1935 English Tudor home in Oklahoma City for the last 27 years. She designed, maintains, and now shares daily insights into the gardens at her historic, urban home, drawing daily inspiration from practical and metaphorical lessons of her garden. She shares what she’s learned with others through her weekly spot as the ‘Garden Guru’ on her local NBC affiliate KFOR News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City for the past 12 years. Linda (@potagerblog) has a popular Instagram feed with over 68.000 thousand followers and a high engagement rate of 4-6% per post. Her Instagram exposure, website, lindavater.com , Facebook, YouTube and tv presence has earned her an enthusiastic fan base, who look to her for gardening and lifestyle inspiration on social media and in print.
Linda’s gardens first hit the national gardening scene with an article about her potager, an ornamental kitchen garden, in 2007 when it appeared in an article of Southern Living Magazine. Her garden subsequently went on to appear in Southern Living a total of five times, and Linda later wrote for the publication, as well as HGTV Magazine and other local print media. Her spring garden was the cover story in Garden Gate Magazine in March 2015, and her summer garden has appeared twice in Oklahoma Magazine. Linda and her gardens were the focus of two articles she wrote for TerritoryOKC; one of them “The Soul of a Garden" was nominated for an award in 2017 by the Garden Writer’s Association, a national organization of professional garden writers, photographers, and garden media personalities.
Her home and gardens were recently shot by Victoria Magazine in spring of 2018 and will appear in the March 2019 issue. Linda is proud that prior to her garden and homes being photographed, neither Garden Gate nor Victoria Magazine had ever shot content in Oklahoma. Linda believes gardens are to be shared, and opens hers regularly for garden tours large and small, most recently to benefit breast cancer research and the Oklahoma Horticultural Society. In fall of 2007, the centennial anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, Linda’s garden was one of a select few to be toured as OKC hosted the Garden Writers Association’s annual convention.
Linda is currently a spokesperson and media personality for the SOUTHERN LIVING PLANT COLLECTION, producing video and web content using the SLPC line of plants. She is also a paid influencer for other garden and lifestyle products.
Linda has an MBA with a concentration in Business Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma. She worked as a pharmaceutical detail rep for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and was Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Oklahoma City University for seven years. She later worked as a small college marketing consultant for Dagley & Associates out of Atlanta, GA.
Linda is a completely self-taught garden designer and stylist, but claims to have an experiential degree from what she calls ‘The Oklahoma School of Garden Heartache and Hardknocks’, having gardened during record drought, wind, hail, tornadoes, ice, snow, and recent earthquakes. As of this writing, Linda and her gardens are still thriving and growing, beautifying her Oklahoma City neighborhood and community.
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