Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse


Carol is the consummate people person who came to Bedner’s after teaching high school special education for 32 years. She has a Master’s from Penn State and two amazing adult children, she believes in the power of good soil (Bumper Crop Soil Builder is the best) and she’s never met a bike trail she wasn’t crazy about.

It’s nice to know the people behind the plants. Especially the ones who are generous about sharing their experience and expertise. This is one of many Bedner’s team members who loves plants and plant people and who makes the farm and garden center an even better place to be.

Meet Carol

Name: Carol Schroeder

Role: Sales Associate

Education: I got my Master’s degree from Penn State University in Special Education. 

How long have you worked in horticulture and/or at Bedner’s? After teaching high school special education for 32 years, I retired in 2018 and started working at Bedner’s. This is my 6th season. I have learned so much about horticulture and gardening thanks to the wonderful people I work with.

Favorite thing about your job? I am a ‘people person,’ and I love interacting with our customers. I learn something new every day! The staff and Bedner family are great to work with, and I look forward to coming to work every day. I have learned so much about plants and gardening from all of them. Also, how can you not love working in a garden center full of beautiful plants and flowers?!

Top 3 Plants? Hard question. Salvia, Astilbe, Spiderwort, Sweetspire (oops, that was four). Oh, and all the herbs!

Best piece of garden advice? Soil around here is not the best. Use the Bumper Crop Soil Builder!

Something interesting about you? I like to bicycle on trails. A friend got me interested in biking and I started seriously biking about nine years ago after some surgery. We have bike-packed from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland several times. We’ve also biked across Missouri on the Katy trail and across South Dakota on the Mickelson Trail. There are so many bike trails in our area and within a few hours’ drive. I am addicted to bicycling. We have biked in 14 states so far!

Interests and hobbies? Biking, reading and gardening. Also, going to craft breweries and trying new beers. There is nothing better after a bike ride than a cold beer!

Favorite vacation spot? I love to explore new places, beach or mountains are fine with me. If there is a bike trail nearby, that is a bonus!

Proudest accomplishment? Teaching 32 years and raising two amazing children. My daughter and her husband and my grand doggie just build a home in Washington County, so they are close. My son lives in Johnson City, TN. Both my children have become independent, hard-working, caring adults. What more could a mother ask for?!

Favorite game, team or sport to watch or play? I love sports, especially watching football…college (go, Penn State!) and NFL (go, Eagles!).


We hope you’ll say hello to carol next time you’re in the garden center!

The people of Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse are here to inspire future plant people. We care about the vast benefits to our environment, health and quality of life, and would love to share it all with you. Please ask if you have any questions. We’d be thrilled to help if you need us.