Michael Balston is the Senior Director of Balston Agius, and founded the original Practice of Balston & Company in 1983.
Michael studied architecture at Cambridge University, qualifying as an architect in the early 1970s. He then further qualified as a landscape architect and worked on several public buildings projects in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
From 1978, he focused on private gardens and since moving to Wiltshire in 1983, he has run his own practice, operating from converted farm buildings within a large garden that he created from scratch.
Until a recent move, the gardens created at his own home in Wiltshire were his working laboratory, and have been widely featured in the gardening press. He is now working on a new garden, further extending his planting palette.
Michael has recently completed a 10 year term as a member of the Council of the RHS. During this time he was Chairman of the Show Gardens Committee, a member of the Shows Committee and the Gardens Committee. For the period he was on Council, he was much involved in Shows development and the Master Planning of the Society’s four gardens. He has recently been appointed as a Vice President of the RHS.
For many years Michael served on the Europa Nostra Awards Panel and was also a member of the Landscape Working Group.
Besides writing for magazines, Michael has written the influential book The Well Furnished Garden, followed by Ten Landscapes – edited by James Grayson Trulove, which features examples of his design work.
Michael also lectures on Garden Design and on RHS matters both in the UK and internationally.