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
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.
Bank Canvas to Nature Reserve
How an empty
garden and a bare field were transformed to a garden full of life.
Beasts and Birds Bringing a Garden to Life
talk shows you how to make your own garden however small more
wildlife friendly with Jenny's Top Tips.
for Bees and Butterflies
this talk Jenny goes into more depth about two special groups of
garden wildlife and how we can help them in even the smallest
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
for giving us such an interesting presentation last night - we were
all enthralled! You are an excellent speaker'' Tywyn Garden Club
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
''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
''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