Our Team

Who We Are

We have been family owned and operated for fifty years. And although we provide a number of services, we have a core of team members who have grown together with our business over the years. Each member of our team has a unique set of skills that makes him or her important to Rockelman’s Nursery, and as a team, we have accomplished a lot over the past fifty years!


John Rockelman, Owner

John is the founder of Rockelman’s Nursery, and has seen the business grow and grow over the course of its fifty-year lifespan. He continues to oversee much of the day-to-day operations of the business, especially in regards to plant selection and the activities at Heritage Tree Farm.

Phone: 717-309-1832


Ben Barshinger, Landscape Foreman

Landscape Foreman Ben Barshinger and his landscape crew members bring many years of experience in planting and maintaining landscapes, in hardscaping and in creating garden structures and water features. You are sure to be pleased with their courteous and friendly demeanor and their excellent work habits.

Phone: 717-668-5073


Kathy Elliot, Landscape Designer

Our Landscape Designer, Kathy Elliot, was a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Plant Science Department. With additional training in Landscape Design at Longwood Gardens, Kathy can offer creative, plant-driven designs to suit your individual needs.

Phone: 717-891-2244

Email: rockelman@verizon.net


Patricia Gramling , Garden Center Manager

Pat Gramling has been handling daily operation of the garden center since June 2015. She brings energy, enthusiasm, and experience to her plant care duties and responds to her customers’ needs with speed and good humor. If you are looking for a particular plant for that “difficult spot” in your yard, give Pat a call.

Phone: 717-741-1832

Email: rockelman@verizon.net