In 1978, Sally Munroe and James Gill joined as partners to design and install residential and commercial landscapes in the Corpus Christi area. They soon consolidated their partnership by marriage and moved their growing landscape business out of their backyard. The Airline Road Nursery was opened to serve retail customers in 1979, and a second nursery was opened in a converted gas station on South Alameda in 1987.
“Successfully running a small business isn’t easy, but we enjoy the challenge and celebrate our successes. One of the greatest rewards has been in the unique relationships that develop between small business owners, employees, and customers. In serving, we are served. By valuing our associates and our customers, we are able to value ourselves. And on top of that, plants and gardening are so darn much fun! How lucky is that!”
OWNER & LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
A native of Corpus Christi and a graduate of WB Ray High School, James attended Texas A&M University, College Station in landscape architecture. He specializes in Xeriscapes, Native Plants, Backyard Ponds, and drainage problems and is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional.
A native of Corpus Christi, Sally graduated from WB Ray High School and the University of Texas at Austin earning a B.S. in Advertising and minor in Business. Sally manages the business side of the operation and her hobbies include gardening and exploring the world with James!
A Corpus Christi native and graduate of Texas A&M, Kingsville, Kathy has been with Gill Landscape Nursery since 1987. She is a certified board member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and member of Leadership Corpus Christi, class 24, as well as the Texas Certified Nursery Professionals and specializes in residential and commercial landscape design, estimates and installations.
A Native of San Diego, California, Phillip received his certification in Computer Aided Drafting and was previously employed as an Assistant Production Engineer. He relocated to Corpus Christi and began apprenticing under James’ direction. He has been a designer for Gill’s since 2008.
Our Garden Coach was born in Robstown, Texas, is a Texas State graduate with both a B.S. & M.Ed. in education, has earned 3 different certifications in Auto CCAD, and has 20+ years teaching experience; however, she’s always been an avid gardener and loves being involved in the various phases of landscape design, which is what she’s been doing since 2008. Her passions outside of her garden are coaching, refereeing, and competing in the Olympic sport of fencing and raising Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Debbie graduated from Richard King High School. She has been with Gill’s since 1995 as a salesperson and buyer and is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional. Debbie is always exploring new plant varieties and looking for the best quality plants available for you, our customers. She loves visiting with our customers about their garden interests and uses that knowledge to design & co-ordinate our in-store garden talks.
PRODUCTION & FACILITY MANAGER
A Corpus Christi native, Hidalgo graduated from W.B. Ray High School and Del Mar College where he studied horticulture. He has worked with Gill’s since 1992 in the nursery, on the landscape crew, and as foreman. Now, as Production & Facility Manager, Hidalgo co-ordinates work between our landscape and garden center department on a daily basis, manages our landscape equipment program and our garden center & jobsite safety program. On top of that, all physical improvements at our garden center are managed or done by Hidalgo.
Barbara, our accountant, is Corpus Christi born and raised. We are very fortunate to have had her with us since 1994! She has been in the family for even longer than that – she worked for Sally’s dad at Munroe & Bass Civil Engineers for 10 years before joining Gill’s.
Stacy treks to work at Gill’s every morning from Portland! She is a GP grad and has been with us since 2005. Stacy manages accounts payable, keeps our plant signs looking good, and we love that she’s always the first to test a new plant at Gill’s in her own garden.
Our Garden Center Staff
DeAnna is our nursery manager at 2810 Airline Road. She managed our Alameda store for 29 years before moving to our Airline store in 2016. She loves container gardening and teaching children about vegetable gardening. In 2006, in her spare time (ha! ha!) she was named the Nueces County Coordinator for the Learning to Grow Program, installing over 300 vegetable gardens in schools from Agua Dulce to Port Aransas. She was awarded 2nd place Master Gardener Of The Year 2012 for the state of Texas. She is also a Certified Nursery Professional.
Mary, assistant manager at our garden center, has been working with us since 2007. CCTX native and WB Ray grad, Mary especially enjoys helping customers select their seasonal color and garden accessories!
Mike, assistant manager of our garden center and was born in Long Beach, California, where he worked in the underwater service market. Mike joined Gill’s in 2007. Mike has a special interest and knowledge of trees and manages our trees in the garden center.
Andy has been with Gill’s since 2010 and worked as a machinist for 17 years prior. He also spent some time landscaping for Padre Staples Mall. Andy loves planting and watching vegetables bloom and grow. When not helping out around the nursery, he can be found playing golf and admiring the landscape, or spending time with his family.
Barbara, a native of Ingleside, joined our Airline store in 2016. She is a graduate from Aransas Pass High School and is graduating in the spring of 2016 from the Art Department with a specialty in Printmaking from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She loves long distance hiking, running, swimming and cycling and is experimenting with triathlons. Barbara’s looking to study experimental animation out in California in the future.
Colter, a Corpus Christi native, began at Gill’s in 2015. He’s excited about working at Gill’s because he is an “outdoorsy kinda guy” and thinks working with plants is the perfect job for him. He is a junior at TAMU in Kingsville currently working on his electrical engineering degree.
Diane is a San Jose, California native and has it written all over her! She started at Gill’s Alameda in 1998 until 2001 and then returned in 2006 at our Airline store. In between, Diane worked as a vet tech and is the unofficial Gill’s kitty caretaker. Diane’s gardening passion is for tropicals. Ask her about them.
Gary, originally an Upstate New Yorker, has been with us beginning in 1989! He earned his Horticulture education from Morrisville University and spent time prior to joining us working with the Peace Corp in the Philippines. His gardening specialties are vegetable gardens and citrus production!
Joey, born and raised here in Corpus Christi, graduate of WB Ray High School, joined our Airline garden center in 2016. He’s a family man, worked in the oil field for years, plays the guitar, DJ’s for parties at night, and enjoys multi-player on line tournament games. He’s always loved gardening and is enjoying learning more about plants at Gill’s.
Juan started at Gills in 2014 working with us part time at our Airline garden center. He spends his week with “Your Personal Best” as a personal trainer, and spends his fall and spring weekends at Gills, assisting customers and entertaining the staff with his superb humor.
Julie is one busy lady. She works during the week as a surgery clerk, but on the weekends you will find her at our Airline store where she is earning extra cash to support her love for shoe shopping and concerts. Color is what gets her attention in the garden!
Since 1993 Kim’s kind-heartedness and devotion has helped us build our business. Her wealth of knowledge is a tremendous asset. Creating interesting displays using different colors and textures is just one of her talents. She’s an avid reader and collects roosters!
Chef turned garden enthusiast, joining Gill’s in 2014! In his prior life, Larry worked at the Omni as a cook and now is expanding his knowledge about gardening with us! With his background, it’s not surprising that vegetables are his cup of tea; however, this busy young man is also attending welding school at night. Larry is one busy guy!!
Lynn can’t narrow down her gardening focus. She loves it all! Ponds, pots, borders, blooms. She’d be glad to chat with you about any of the above. Lynn is a Navy Brat, born in Maryland and finally landing here in Corpus Christi. Her #1 hobby is her family, but she also loves sewing and beading. Lynn started at Gill’s in 1991, doing amazing work at our Alameda store, retired and then came back to our Airline store in 2004. Over 20+ years and going strong! Go Lynn!!
Matt has been with Gill’s since 2009. He is an avid musician, reader, researcher, and is a passionate and knowledgeable gardening resource. He especially loves growing anything edible. Ask him your questions about growing fruits and veggies!
Preston started at Gill’s in 2010 and has worked at our Alameda, Airline & landscape department. He’s done it all! He is a student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, studying Environmental Science with a focus on policy and regulation. He loves gardening, and has a collection of caudiciform plants; ask him about them next time you see him!
Whitney, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been with Gill’s since 2013, and will hopefully be with us for many more! Her interests in gardening are vast. She loves seeing something grow and thrive, knowing that “I did that!”, or at least helped Mother Nature!!
Wyatt, a native of Round Rock, Texas, joined Gill’s in 2015. He is a student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, General Studies. He loves the outdoors and loves to fish.
Our Landscape Department Staff
Arnold has been an excellent member of Gill landscape crews since 2004. He hails from Alice, TX and is a Carroll alumni. He loves the opportunity to “make everything look beautiful” at homes and businesses about town.
Ben has been lending his hands to our landscape crew over the last year. Born, raised and schooled in Texas, Ben loves gardening and has a particular interest in roses.
Brandon hails from Victoria and Corpus and has been with Gill’s since 2011. He was an English Philosophy major in college and his previous job history pegs him a Renaissance man – he’s worked as a baker, a butcher, warehouse manager, video store clerk, garage door installer, administrative assistant, flooring estimator, and now a landscaper! He likes the opportunity for “artistic creation on a large canvas in a natural setting of beauty.”
Christian comes to us originally from Wisconson, but moved to Corpus Christi as soon as he could. Long ago his grandparents brought him here while on the road as antique dealers, and they fell in love with the Sparkling City by the Sea, deciding to make it their home. We are so happy to have him join our team in 2015 with his many years of landscape experience and knowledge of the golf course industry!
Doug, Kathy’s crew leader, is originally from El Granada, California. He has been developing his expertise since ’98, and we have long put great trust in his knowledge when it comes to landscape installation.
Eusebio has been working as a landscape crew leader since 2003. His skills and care for his work make him an essential part of the team. You’ll be glad to have him crafting your landscape.
Gabe worked for us back in the 80’s and was very instrumental in setting the quality standards we practice today in our landscape installations. We are happy he chose to return to Gill’s in 2014. His favorite quote is, “We’re the professionals. Plant with US!”
Jason began landscaping for us in 2014. He is a Corpus Christi native and attended school in both Calallen and Moody. He loves the satisfaction he gets from the end result of installing landscape professionally!
Jessie is back! He worked with our garden center back in 2006, moved to Kerrville and worked in gardening in the Hill Country for 8 years. Now has returned working with our landscape department We are so glad he’s here.
Jimmy joined our team in 2014 after working many years in residential & commercial landscape installation here in Corpus Christi. Jimmy loves beautifying the Sparkling City by the Sea.
Josh made his way to Corpus Christi from the Northeast, having received his schooling in New York. He has been with us since ’13 and serves as James’ crew leader. He has substantial experience in varying forms of construction and landscaping, and really enjoys patio installation and general beautification.
Kevin joined Gill’s in 2008 as a landscape crewman; today he leads a crew of men for Phillip, working on local landscapes, residential and commercial. His passion is music so don’t be surprised if you see him with his band entertaining the crowds on the weekend.
Mike has been a member of Kathy’s crew since 2013 He is a Corpus Christi native and King graduate. He is a great addition to the landscape team, and says that he loves the rewarding feeling of turning a normal yard into a beautiful landscape.
Prisco is a native of Mexico, but has worked in Texas for many years in the landscape industry. We are pleased to have this hard-working man on our team, sharing his knowledge and experience with us as of 2015!
Zach is a Corpus Christi native and attended King High School. He’s been working for us since 2015 and says he gets the greatest satisfaction from leaving a landscape job feeling that we were able to make dreams come true for home owners!