Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Linda joined the department in Fall 2003 after a successful 20-year career as a freelance writer and PR consultant. The experience of running her own business gave her a wealth of business and interpersonal skills to handle the diverse needs of the LA/Hort department.
Linda assists the chair and faculty with schedules, budgets, adjunct hires, written reports, databases, facilities, and logistics.
Linda earned an Associates in Business Administration from Rider University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Rutgers University. Her leisure passions are acting in community and regional theater and volunteering for Stray Cat Blues, Inc., a local non-profit cat rescue.
Anne joined the Arboretum staff as Horticulture Supervisor in February 2012.
She graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Horticulture in 1994, completed an internship at Longwood Gardens, and then worked for ten years as an editor and production manager in the field of magazine publishing. Anne eventually returned to her horticultural "roots," recently working at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylavnia as a Horticulture Section Supervisor from 2006 to 2010.
In 2011 she coordinated the Plant Stewardship Index program for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, a program that helps land stewards to assess the ecological integrity of their sites based on the plant species currently growing there.
Anne obtained the Certified Arborist designation from the International Society of Arboriculture in 2008, and pruning is one of her favorite garden chores. She started keeping honeybees in her Jenkintown backyard in 2006 and enjoys creating habitat for other bee species, including ground-nesting and orchard mason bees.
Kathryn Reber Staff Horticulturist
Kathryn joined the Horticulture staff at Temple University in 2008.
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Program, she received her formal horticulture training as a student in the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Training Program. During this two year intensive work-study program she worked in all areas of Longwood Gardens, gaining experience in many aspects of horticulture while also completing related coursework.
During this time she also completed the Longwood Gardens Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plants, Series I. She has worked at the Haverford College Arboretum as well as on the grounds of Swarthmore College.
Merrill Miller Staff Horticulturist
Merrill Miller is a long-time member of the Temple University Ambler community in addition to a Temple alum.
He received his Associate of Science in Horticulture from Temple University and knows the Ambler Arboretum inside and out, having been a staff horticulturist at Ambler since 1972.
Merrill has given 37 years of dedicated service to Temple and the Ambler Campus and worked very hard to help preserve its history and gardens.
Karen Sapp Administrative Assistant
Karen Sapp became a "new" addition to the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department at the Ambler Campus during the Fall 2010 semester.
She came to Temple University by way of Messiah College located on Temple's Main Campus, where she served as Office Manager for eight years. Karen brings existing knowledge and resources to her position in the department as the Administrative Assistant.
As the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture department grows Karen is very excited to be a part of this endeavor as well as the Ambler Campus community.