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
Words from our customers
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!
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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. In addition to his plant knowledge and experience, he’s a natural at helping customers – a great addition to the Gill team!
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.
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!
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!
Ignacio is all about being active. He loves to work out and rock climb and enjoys working outside in the garden center. He recently moved to Corpus from Dallas to study eco- conservation, and wants to learn more about organic gardening here at Gill’s. He’s a real people person too!
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!?
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.
YaVonne’s interest in indoor plants brought her to Gill’s. She gained a lot of great customer service experience at a local pet store in her hometown of Carlsbad, NM before moving to Corpus to be near family. We’re glad she made the move! In her time off, she enjoys reading and spending time with her son.
Our Landscape Department Staff
Landscape Design Assistant
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Our Core Values
Quality of Work
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