About Us

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!”

– Sally & James Gill
Happy Gardening!
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Words from our customers
“The garden center has an abundant variety of plants, expert & dependable advice, and is a fun place to visit with a friendly staff willing to assist you.”

Blanche R.

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Blanche R.

“The garden center has an abundant variety of plants, expert & dependable advice, and is a fun place to visit with a friendly staff willing to assist you.”
“Service was personal & professional… on time & on budget. Everything met expectations & beyond! Our whole neighborhood was impressed!”


Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.


“Service was personal & professional… on time & on budget. Everything met expectations & beyond! Our whole neighborhood was impressed!”
"They know what I'm talking about even if I don't know!"

Liz M.

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Liz M.

"They know what I'm talking about even if I don't know!"
"It's such a pleasant experience, from the moment you enter the doors."

Devin C.

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Devin C.

"It's such a pleasant experience, from the moment you enter the doors."
"The variety is unbeatable. I've never not found what I was looking for."

Judy R.

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Judy R.

"The variety is unbeatable. I've never not found what I was looking for."
Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Meet Our Staff


Owner and 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!


General Manager


A Northeast Texas native and longtime Austin resident, Jesse began working at Gill’s in Fall 2018. In addition to being a life-long musician and recording artist, his experience as a project manager and public policy consultant makes him well-suited to manage our garden center and landscape business. As General Manager here at Gill’s, he is leading the company into a new era based on a solid 41-year foundation.



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.


Landscape Designer

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.


Landscape Designer

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.


Landscape Designer

After working in the garden center and gaining field knowledge working on landscape crews here at Gill’s, Harry apprenticed under James Gill to learn landscape design.

Harry is a Corpus Christi native and knows our area and conditions very well. He brings his flexible and fun attitude to each project. He believes the landscape should match the style of the property and the owner’s lifestyle to create unity and practical outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed. His passion is to create something unique, tailored for each home or business.


Production & Facilities Manager

hidalgo 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.


Office Administrator

Stacy has been a valuable part of the Gill’s team since 2005. She’s an expert multi-tasker – she manages accounts payable, assists with receiving, keeps our plant signs looking good, and keeps our office organized and running smoothly. On top of all that, she’s the first to test new plants in her garden at home.

Our Garden Center Staff

Garden Center Manager

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.


Garden Center Asst. Manager

Wyatt has been a hard-working member of the Gill’s team since 2015 when he worked at our Alameda store before transferring to our Airline store and being promoted to Assistant Manager. He recently graduated from TAMU CC with a degree in art, with a focus on ceramics. He also finds time to fish, hunt, and do all kinds of water sports. Never a dull minute for Wyatt! His future plans include opening his own business.


Alex is a man of many talents and he stays very busy! He moved to Corpus from Pampa, Texas - way up in the Panhandle. He’s currently a Sophomore at Ray High School, where he’s a member of the swim team, golf team, and enjoys acting. On top of all that, and helping customers here at Gill’s, he plans to go to school to be a neurosurgeon!


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.


Courtney moved down to Corpus from Dallas to study marine biology at TAMUCC. She’s interested in plant biology too – especially growing fruits and veggies. You’ll find her out and about in the garden center soaking up knowledge. When she’s not busy with school and work, she loves going to the beach.


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.


Diego joined the Gill’s team in early Spring 2021 when he was seeking a career change. He loves hiking and being outdoors and wanted to learn more about plants. He is learning fast! He’s a natural with helping customers and keeping the garden center looking its best.


Eduardo joined the Gill’s team in late Summer 2020 because he enjoys working outdoors, helping customers, and learning to care for plants. He moved to Corpus from Houston to work on his Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at TAMUCC. He wants to work at NASA or a space program!



Jackson joined the Gill’s team in Spring 2021 to help with plants and help customers. He says he enjoys working outside in a business that makes the world a better place – we agree! When he’s not soaking up knowledge at Gill’s, Jackson enjoys skateboarding and spending time at the beach.


A San Antonio native, Joshua joined the Gill’s team in Spring 2019, and he came highly recommended! He is a recent graduate of TAMU CC with a degree in art. He enjoys creating interactive pottery that grabs your attention and draws you in.


Kelsie first came to Gill’s as a shopper – she loves and collects houseplants. We’re glad she decided to apply! When she’s not taking great care of plants or working on her marketing degree at TAMU-CC, she’s travelling:  her most recent trip was all the way to India!


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!


Joining Gill's in 2009, Matt has a love for gardening that doesn't stop. He's constantly reading and learning and loves to share his passion with his customers. Matt is particularly interested in soil composition, ethnobotany, and vegetable and fruit production. At night, when the plants are in bed, he's a musician!


Mike has been with Gill's since 2007. Pre Gill's he was in the underwater service department in Long Beach, California, his home town. Mike has a special interest and extensive knowledge of local trees and is our go to guy for trees.


Oriana is a second generation Gill team member. Her dad, Francisco made us proud for years with his landscape installations! Ori joining us in 2017, is a wiz at our register and is loving learning about plants. She has especially enjoyed working in our greenhouses with all the beautiful plants and fun garden gifts! She loves to read and played soccer in high school.


Rose’s interest in gardening is what brought her to Gill’s in Spring 2020. We’re very glad to have her! Her passion for plants really rubs off on customers – she loves helping gardeners get what they need and hearing about their success. In addition to caring for her garden at home, Rose has 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 fishtanks!


Saja (pronounced like Sage-uh) joined the Gill’s team to learn more about houseplants and veggie gardening. Back in her hometown of San Marcos she worked at farmer’s markets and became interested in permaculture and sustainability. She also operates her own artisan/sewing/design business. She loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and kayaking with her dog.


Segundo came to Corpus from Brownsville to study nursing at TAMUCC. He loves being outdoors and working in nature. He’s always ready to jump in and help out. When he’s not busy with school and work, he enjoys playing video games.


Shianna is a recent Corpus transplant from Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a natural at helping customers. She’s excited to keep learning about gardening and plants – she came to the right place! Shianna plays soccer, loves to travel, and enjoys growing cacti.


T joined the Gill’s team in 2021 because she likes to stay busy and work with her hands. She fits right in! T grew up in New Braunfels and made the move to Corpus back in 1998. In her spare time, she likes to build and craft home décor items. She’s having fun learning plants!

Our Landscape Department Staff

Landscape Design Assistant

Cameron grew up here, earned a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M, worked in the Austin area, and decided to return to Corpus in 2020. After spending some time in the garden center and on the landscape crew, Cameron is now assisting James Gill with landscape design. Cameron’s background and aptitude combined with James’ expert local knowledge makes it a great fit!


Landscape Design Assistant

A graduate from Texas A&M University Kingsville in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting & Printmaking, Ernest joined Gill's in 2017. Ernest is now assisting Phillip in CAD, job estimating and landscape crew management. In his spare time he loves to read and spend time with his family.

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.

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.”

As our newest member of the landscape team, Brandon is enjoying learning all about creating landscapes. His favorite part so far is installing new grass and placing plants. When he’s not out working hard with the Gill’s crew, he’s spending time with his two daughters.


Brandon loves being outside – when he’s not surfing, fishing, or playing basketball, he’s out beautifying landscapes! It was Phillip, landscape designer here at Gill’s, who first got Brandon interested in plants as a kid - he and Phillip’s son Ian are good friends. Brandon is always ready to jump in and help out with a smile!

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.

After spending several years working in the oil and gas industry, Gage decided it was time for a career change. He joined the Gill crew in Fall 2020 and we’re happy he did! He’s learning fast and always has a smile and a positive attitude.


Gustavo moved to Corpus from another tropical place:  Miami! In addition to being an experienced landscaper, he’s a real outdoor adventurer. He does it all - skydiving, scuba diving, fishing, camping with his kids, you name it. And he loves to cook! We’re very happy to have Gustavo on our team.

After gaining some plumbing experience, Israel decided to make a move to landscaping after hearing about Gill’s from a friend. We’re happy he did! He enjoys working outdoors and seeing beautiful finished landscapes after the work is done. When he’s not soaking up landscape knowledge, he’s spending time outside playing basketball and hunting with friends.
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.

Juan is a Corpus native and came to work at Gill’s in Spring 2020. He’s always enjoyed gardening at home and wants to keep expanding his knowledge and skills. Juan does great work – we’re glad to have him on our team! When he’s not out beautifying landscapes, he loves to fish.

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.

Matt joined the landscape crew in Fall 2020 and quickly made an impression on our designers and crew leaders. Matt has many years of landscaping experience and knows how to operate equipment. He likes to jump in and get things done, but always with safety in mind. He has an Associate’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Del Mar College.


As a former videographer in the Marine Corps, Anthony has a great eye. He likes starting a new landscape from scratch and seeing the transformation into something totally new and different. He also likes to go on adventures and travel to see new places!

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.

Noel graduated from London High and spent some time working at a plant growing company before he decided to make the move to landscaping. He enjoys working outside and learning all kinds of landscape construction under Gill’s veteran crew leader, Doug. We’re very happy to have Noel on the crew!


Tony joined our landscape team in 2018 and hit the ground running! With his carpentry background, he’s becoming an expert at installing new landscapes and creating bed shapes. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and playing guitar with his brother Kevin, who is a long-time landscape pro here at Gill’s as well!


As a former videographer in the Marine Corps, Anthony has a great eye. He likes starting a new landscape from scratch and seeing the transformation into something totally new and different. He also likes to go on adventures and travel to see new places!

Our Core Values

These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation or person to person, but rather are the underpinning of our company culture. Our core values underlie our work, how we interact with each other and with our customers, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. Our core values are always the framework from which we make our decisions. When we act with the core values in mind, we are acting with integrity.


We support each other. We communicate openly and trust one another to work for the good of all. We recognize that when we are working together in harmony we can accomplish greater things.

Quality of Work

We want to be proud of the quality of our products and our workmanship. We complete our work efficiently, but never by compromising quality, the safety of ourselves and others, or our relationship with our customers.


We go above and beyond to create an emotional impact on our customers and give them a positive story they can take with them. A part of this is our expertise; we bring a level of knowledge that makes us the go-to source for answers and guidance for our customers.


We have fun every day. We have fun growing our relationships with coworkers and customers. We have fun sharing gardening stories and teaching through success and failure experiences. We appreciate the value of laughter with one another and the joy of sharing a smile.


We approach our work with passion and excitement because we believe strongly in what we do. We bring a positive and optimistic attitude that inspires everyone around us.


We treat our customers, coworkers and ourselves with respect. We are patient and look for the best in others. We treat others as we would want to be treated and we never ask our coworkers to do something we would not do ourselves.


We never become too comfortable with where we are, but instead are always looking for ways to improve. In our pursuit of excellence we are not afraid to take risks and are supportive of our coworkers when they take risks. No matter what happens, we always ask ourselves "What can we learn from this?"


We each take ownership over our own job. We take it upon ourselves to expand our knowledge and abilities and to develop into better communicators and leaders. We feel proud of what we can offer to the company and to our community.


We are always looking for exceptional people. Download an application here, fill it out, and bring it to the garden center any time.

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