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. Gill Landscape Nursery (now Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.) was opened to serve retail customers in 1979. Since then, Gill’s has grown organically to become the trusted source for gardening advice, healthy plants, and quality landscape design and construction in the Coastal Bend. In 2021, Sally and James partnered with Jesse Jenkins to help carry the company forward as they continue as advisors.

Gill’s Mission

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. is dedicated to teaching successful gardening and bringing quality products and services to our community. We practice sustainable business ethics centered around respect and continued improvement.

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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

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

Owner and General Manager

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A Northeast Texas native and longtime Austin resident, Jesse began working at Gill’s in the Fall of 2018. His love of nature and design attracted him to Gill’s, and his business experience as a public policy consultant makes him well-suited to manage the company. In 2021, after 3 years as General Manager, Jesse partnered with Sally and James to become part owner. Jesse’s values align well with those the company was founded on. He is leading Gill’s forward with a solid foundation and an amazing team!

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's 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.

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.

Cameron

Landscape Designer

Cameron is a Corpus Christi native who studied in Italy while earning his degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M. After several years working in the Austin area, Cameron returned to Corpus Christi and joined the Gill’s team in 2020. Cameron started taking on landscape design and install projects of his own in Spring 2021 after spending some time assisting James Gill. Cameron is versatile and enjoys designing to suit the space. He likes to incorporate as many native plant varieties as possible in each landscape.

Ernesto

Landscape Designer

Ernesto joined Gills in 2017 as a Landscape Design Assistant and transitioned to Landscape Designer in 2022. He is a Corpus Christi native and a Texas A&M Kingsville graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, and he’s bilingual in Spanish and English. Ernesto has an eye for color and is a talented problem solver and estimator. He enjoys transforming your landscape to maximize the usability of the space.

 

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.

Abbey

Abbey came to Gill’s highly recommended! She spent time working at a plant growing operation and as a landscape installer for other local companies that Gill’s has a relationship with. Abbey is also an avid gardener. She loves caring for plants and she’s having fun sharing her knowledge with customers here at Gill’s.

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.

Courtney

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

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

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

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!

 

Frances

Garden Coach

Frances is a Corpus native who worked at Gill’s briefly before moving to Austin and working at another garden center for several years. We are so happy to have her back that we created a new position for her – Garden Coach! Organic gardening and Texas native plants are her passion. She is available here in the garden center to design small landscape areas and coordinate installation.

Joshua

Planting Crew Leader

Josh started at Gill’s in 2019 and is now leading our garden center planting crew, planting trees and installing small landscape areas. Josh has a degree in Art from Texas A&M Corpus and is a talented pottery maker.

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!

Larry

Planting Crew

Larry is a Gill’s veteran who has worked different positions in the garden center for several years. Now he’s part of the garden center planting crew. He’s an avid gardener, tree planting expert, and a surfer! He shapes and repairs boards at his company, Arce Surfboards.

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!

Segundo

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.

 
 
Our Landscape Department Staff
Alex

Alex started on Doug’s crew in 2020, took a brief hiatus, and now he’s back. He’s known as the strong man on the crew – they look to him for heavy lifting. When he’s not out constructing new landscapes, he likes to fish, lift weights, and hang out with 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.

Chris

Chris grew up in Corpus, spent some time in Northern California where he became a certified arborist, then decided to return to South Texas. He’s had a few other jobs, but always comes back to his passion – landscaping. In total, Chris has 18 years of landscape experience. He enjoys creating and planting new beds the most and hopes to learn more landscape design.

Cyrill

Cyrill moved to Corpus Christi from Austin in spring 2022 and joined the landscape team here at Gill’s. He has prior experience in retail merchandising, but was looking for something more physical. He likes being outside and being active. He’s enjoying learning plants and landscape techniques as well as getting to know the crew and clients.

Damian

Damian came to Gill’s in Spring 2022 interested in learning more landscaping. He has previous experience doing commercial and residential pressure washing and some landscaping too. He’s enjoying working with a crew of experts here at Gill’s. He says its pretty amazing how much work can get done and how the day flows when you’re part of a good team.

 
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.

Esai

Esai came to Gill’s in Spring 2022 with residential remodeling and construction experience. He loves working outside and is excited to learn more about plants and landscaping. When he’s not out installing landscapes, he’s either spending time with family or playing basketball.

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.

Israel

Israel joined the Gill landscape department in spring 2022. He’s a quick learner and always ready to jump in and help with any task. His favorite part of the job is seeing the design come to life – starting with a blank slate, then being able to step back and say, “wow!”

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, 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.

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!

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.

Thomasan

Thomasan joined the Gill landscape crew in Spring 2022. He spent some time working desk jobs and decided he really wanted to be outside. We agree! We are already impressed with his ‘can-do’ attitude. He’s enjoying being outside and learning the ropes from our veteran crew leaders.

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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