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.
Jenny talks about the different wildlife gardens she has made and the wildlife
they attracted, culminating in her current two acre wildlife garden,
complete with wildflower meadow, in Shropshire.
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 continues to grow. Find
out how you can help them by managing your garden to encourage and
support these important creatures.
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 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
''A fab 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 2016
''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 2016
''I think that was the best
talk we have ever had!'' Aberdovey Garden Club, West Wales 2015