Jenny's Current Talks

Jenny will be taking a sabbatical from talks and teaching in 2019


Jenny is an experienced speaker and tutor and for more than 20 years has entertained audiences from large and lively (Grand Designs Live at the Birmingham NEC) to small and intimate (WIs and Gardening Groups) across the UK. Her enthusiastic, inspirational talks are illustrated with her own photographs using a laptop presentation and all equipment is supplied, although a blank pale wall or large screen is needed if possible. More informal talks outside are also a speciality in some circumstances. She now stays closer to her Shropshire home, but for larger audiences is happy to travel. Talks last from 45 minutes to an hour with extra time for questions and book-signing if required. Jenny is also available as a speaker at gardening or wildlife events. Contact Jenny for her availability and charges. Current talks are listed below.

A Rural Garden for Wildlife

Take a seasonal stroll through a rural garden, its wildlife, plants, maintenance and habitats. This talk is particularly suitable for Gardening Groups.

From Bank Canvas to Nature Reserve

How an empty garden and a bare field were transformed to a garden full of life.

Bugs, Beasts and Birds – Bringing a Garden to Life

This talk shows you how to make your own garden – however small – more wildlife friendly with Jenny's Top Tips.

Gardening for Bees and Butterflies

In this talk Jenny goes into more depth about two special groups of garden wildlife and how we can help them in even the smallest garden.

Making Garden Meadows

Jenny has turned what was part of a bare field into a wonderful wildflower meadow, complete with orchids and buzzing with life. This talk shows you how to make a meadow in your own garden and shows you what wildlife it might attract.

Gardening with Wildflowers

This talk shows you how you can incorporate some of our most beautiful wildflowers into your garden to encourage and support pollinators. Jenny will also take you through some of the folklore that surrounds our beautiful natural flora.

How to Make A Wildlife Pond

A wildlife pond is a constant source of interest and a great resource for your local wildlife. This talk shows you how to create the perfect watery habitat

Gardening for Pollinators

Concern for the plight of our native bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects such as beetles and hoverflies continues to grow. Find out how you can help these insects by managing your garden to encourage and support them.

What's in Your Garden?

Jenny talks about the wildlife that has made its home in her garden in South Shropshire and what could be in yours. This talk also shows you how to improve your garden for all wildlife.

My Life with Wildlife

Jenny has been a fan of wildlife of all sorts for her whole life. This humorous and informative talk takes you from her first ‘pet’ caterpillar, through her career as an ecologist at Oxford University, to her passion today as an author and wildlife gardener.


''Thank you so much for such an interesting talk on wildlife gardening - it was varied and the members found it interesting and you certainly captured their imagination and enthusiasm. Personally I appreciated both your topic, approach and personal commitment.'' Oswestry U3A, Shropshire

''Thank you for giving us such an interesting presentation last night - we were all enthralled! You are an excellent speaker'' Tywyn Garden Club

''A fabulous talk by Jenny Steel on Wildlife Gardening this evening. I particularly liked the wonderful pictures of her own garden and the advice she gave. Thoroughly enjoyed it!'' Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Gardening Club, Oxfordshire

''On behalf of the club, a huge thank you for such an interesting talk on Wednesday – I can always tell when the membership have enjoyed themselves and they certainly did on Wednesday!'' South West Shropshire Gardening Club

''Our new season of meetings opened with an inspiring talk from ecologist and author Jenny Steel.'' Orleton Gardening Club, Shropshire

''I think that was the best talk we have ever had!'' Aberdovey Garden Club, West Wales


© Text and photographs Jenny Steel 2017