The Adland Team

Adland Horticultural is an Australian based company dedicated to improving the quality of our environment and the enjoyment it can bring.

Adland publishes learning guides for students of Horticulture, Agriculture and Conservation and Land Mangagement. There is a suite of 30 titles written by experts in their subject area.

We lead tours to exotic and exciting places in the world, sometimes wild, like The Galápagos Islands or Madagascar, some times cultural, like Mauritius or France. We are particularly interested in sharing our knowledge about plant–animal interactions in our environment.

Rod and Michèle have a wealth of experience as horticultural publishers, journalists, radio & TV presenters, lecturers and tour leaders. They live on an exciting landscape property, Peach Flat, in Briagolong (east of Melbourne) which has featured in Austalia’s Open Garden Scheme. They have recently restored a large wetland on the property - Peach Flat and Community Wetlands. It can be visited by appointment.  

Rod McMillan

Rod is a former Lecturer in Horticulture at the University of Melbourne - Burnley College (1991-2004). He has a Master of Education, Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Education and a Diploma of Horticulture.

Rod has won a number of Awards including:

  • Gold Laurel - Australian Horticultural Media Awards, 2002 - best entry over all media classes for Studies in Horticulture Learning Guides 
  • Education Laurel - Australian Horticultural Media Awards, 2002
  • Winner best film Your Place: Our Place Category, Wellington Shire Short Film Festival, 2008 & 2009 Rod is a generalist and has expertise in a number of areas, including:
  • script-writing, editing and developing video programs and short films.
  • designing and/or leading natural history tours to the Galápagos Islands & Peru (2000-8), Madagascar & Reunion/Mauritius (2007-8), cultural tours to France (2005-7), and a garden tour to Chelsea and UK Gardens (2004)
  • authoring, editing, photographing and publishing practical, award-winning horticultural Learning Guides Studies in Horticulture series 
  • regular presenting at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show and (previously) gardening segments on radio 3MP & 3AK and ABC Gardening Australia Live
  • lecturing and guest speaking (areas include landscape design, wetland development, soils, mulch, growing media, compost, climatic effects on plants),
  • horticultural consultancy.

Recent major projects include:

  • landscape design for The Pear Tree Hotel, Swindon, UK (2005),
  • Project Manager and designer of the Peach Flat & Community Wetlands Project (2003- )
  • and preparation of the Master Landscape Development Plan for the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galápagos Islands (2001).

Michèle Adler 

Michèle Adler worked for over 25 years as a lecturer (University of Melbourne - Burnley), journalist, author and radio presenter in Melbourne, Victoria. She is currently a weekly presenter on Channel 31’s The Garden Tap and an irregular regular on the Sunday gardening programme on Radio 3CR.

She has authored a number of books including The Smart Gardeners Guide to Common Names of Plants and Plants that cause Dermatitis. She is also an author and editor of the award winning Studies in Horticulture series of Learning Guides for students of horticulture. There are 30 titles in the series.

She won the inaugural HMA (Horticultural Media Association) Science Laurel for her work on documenting and describing cultivars. This work led her to taking a sabbatical at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gardens in Wisley, Surry, UK.

Michèle’s passion is experiencing plants in their natural environment.

Following this passion has led her to many wild places in the world, both for work and sheer pleasure. She has designed gardens in Australia, England and the Galapágos Islands.

Her own garden in Central Gippsland, which she shares with partner Rod McMillan, has appeared in Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. Their most recent project is managing the restoration of a large wetland on the property.

Ian Temby

Ian is the Australian naturalist guide for the 2009 Andes to the Amazon Tour.

Ian has had a life-long interest in natural history, both at work and play. He has worked on dingoes, dung beetles, African mammals, cockatoos, bats, seals and sea gulls. He enjoys photography and travel, rides a penny farthing and wrote a book called Wild Neighbours in 2005.

He has been an expedition leader on trips to Arnhem Land, Cape York and Central Australia and was volunteer Ranger at Newhaven Station, 360 km northwest of Alice Springs. He was a scientific advisor to the BBC for The Life of Birds, and twice in the winning team of the Victorian Twitchathon, a national bird-watching competition. He won a Churchill Fellowship in 1999 to look at management of problems caused by wildlife in the USA, Canada and the UK. Ian frequently appears on radio, TV and print media on wildlife issues.  

Jan Chamberlain

Jan has worked with Adland previously and we are excited to have her back as a team member. Jan is a graduate in horticulture from Burnley College and was dux of her year. She's a keen gardener with a strong interest in Australian plants and worked for many years with the Victorian Indigenous Nursery Cooperative. She is a teacher at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, answers gardening question off-air for listeners on radio 3CR on Sundays, is a casual garden advice giver for the Scotsline and in a previous life was an industrial chemist. She is well placed to answer your questions and deal with your orders.