Quill Teal-Sullivan was born and raised in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. Her fascination with plants began as a child, helping in her mother’s abundant flower garden and local P-Patch, and exploring the exquisite native flora of the Cascade Mountains. Quill received a degree in Biology focused in plant sciences from the Colorado College. During her studies she spent a semester abroad in the Department of Horticulture at the University College Dublin, the highlight of which was undoubtedly visiting the many beautiful estate gardens of Ireland. She later interned at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden and The Filoli Center, which affirmed her desire to work in the public garden field.
Quill put her professional endeavors in horticulture on hold to pursue a brief and rich career in pastry baking, when she was hired to manage the baking department in a new restaurant in Seattle. But while it was a sweet and rewarding lifestyle, she yearned to be back in a garden. Before long she was hired as the gardener for the Dunn Historic Garden Trust, a small public estate garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers outside of Seattle. There she happily tended its mature woodland gardens until moving East for the Longwood Graduate Fellowship. Much of Quill’s free time is dedicated to the Musk Ox Development Corporation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 committed to the domestication of the musk ox as a gentle and sustainable agriculture in the far north. Quill serves on the Board of Directors, and is helping to guide it into a self-sustaining future. Her hobbies include illustration, baking, exploring the outdoors, and playing with her dog.
Student Position: Symposium Leader
Board Position: The Delaware Center for Horticulture