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, interesting seminars, provides a fantastic website with seasonal garden tips, and is a fun place to visit with a friendly staff willing to assist you.”

Blanche R.


Blanche R.

“The garden center has an abundant variety of plants, expert & dependable advice, interesting seminars, provides a fantastic website with seasonal garden tips, 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!”




“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.


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.


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.


Judy R.

"The variety is unbeatable. I've never not found what I was looking for."

Our Staff

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
jesseA 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!

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.

Kathy, native of Rayne, Louisiana, began sharing her passion for gardening at Gill's in 2018. With years of experience in the garden and with other garden shops in Texas, she loves helping our customers in their garden. What plant goes best with what, what likes sun versus shade, what's drought tolerant and what's not, and on and on and on. You'll usually find Kathy in our bedding area of the store!
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!!
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.
You'll find Stephanie most of the time over in our bedding area of the garden center. She joined us in the spring of 2018. She is working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, played soccer in high school and loves fishing with friends. What a treat for Gill's!
Our Landscape Department Staff
Landscape Design Assistant
A graduate from Texas A&M Kingsville in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting & Print Making, Ernest joined Gill's in 2017. Ernest is assisting Phillip in CAD, job estimating and landscape crew management. In his spare time he loves to read and spend time with his family!
Landscape Design Assistant

Harry, having owned his own lawn maintenance business since 2015, joined our garden center team in 2018. Now he’s transitioned to landscape design where he assists Kathy in sketching plans in CAD, estimating, and transforming landscapes into works of art. He is also working on his Business Administration degree at Del Mar College and enjoys any activity outdoors, music, videography, and gardening!

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.

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!

David came to Gill’s in 2019 and was highly recommended by his brother Arnold, one of our landscape crew leaders. David likes to plant trees – and he’s good at it! He enjoys seeing landscapes before and after, and making Corpus Christi beautiful one project at a time.

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!”
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.
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.

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 and are happy to take your application. Please print out an application and turn in at one of our stores.

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