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.
2018-01-28T19:00:26+00:00

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!”

S.A.H.

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.
2018-01-28T19:01:13+00:00

S.A.H.

“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.
2018-01-28T19:19:38+00:00

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.
2018-01-28T19:20:13+00:00

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.
2018-01-28T19:21:05+00:00

Judy R.

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

James

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.

Sally

Owner

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!

Jesse

General Manager

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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.

Debbie

Buyer

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.

Kathy

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.

Phillip

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.

Harry

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.

Hidalgo

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

Bookkeeper

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

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
DeAnna

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.

Wyatt

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

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

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

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

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!

Kelsie

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!

Joey

Joey is a Gill’s veteran who rejoined the team in Fall 2019. We’re so glad he did! In addition to being a plant person, he’s a real people person. He loves helping gardeners find everything they need and showing support for his coworkers. Joey is also a musician and karaoke DJ at weddings and big events. Joey says first and foremost, he’s a family man. He’s got 3 teenage kids – how does he do it!?

Joshua

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.

Kim

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!

Matt

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

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

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

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!

 
 
Our Landscape Department Staff
Ernesto

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

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
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.”
Brandon

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

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
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.
Gustavo

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.

Heath

Gill’s was lucky to find Heath in early 2020. Heath is a 3rd  generation Alice, TX native and a self-proclaimed country boy and farmer. He’s got 10 years of landscaping experience and truly loves his work. He compares the tranquility of nurturing plants to nurturing kids. In his time off he likes spending time with his 2 daughters and going fishing.

Israel
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
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

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
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
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

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!

 
Anthony

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.

Team


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.

Service


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.

Fun


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.

Passion


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.

Respect


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.

Improvement


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?"

Ownership


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.

Employment

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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