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Meet Our Team
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Steve Taras got his start in the floral industry over 20 years ago as a buyer in the wholesale market, before graduating to floral design and starting his own independent business. Since opening our doors back in 2000, Watered Garden Florist has earned a reputation as one of the most renowned florists in the area for every occasion. In addition to weddings, our work is featured in local homes, universities, and even in museums. Steve has been the featured spotlight artist at Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art for years, and Watered Garden Florist is the resident florist at The Umstead Hotel & Spa. We offer our clients an incredible variety of options with 4,800 square feet of studio space housing an extensive selection of fresh flowers, floral structures, and containers. Additionally, we have a dedicated weddings coordinator- something that sets Watered Garden Florist apart from many other area florists. Our coordinator, Kelley Ann Ward, is devoted to assisting our couples throughout the entire process of selecting and planning the perfect wedding florals. When you book with Watered Garden Florist, prepare to be swept away with world-class floristry and the impeccable service that’s built our brand.
Because not all art comes in a frame.


Steve

Owner

Favorite flower: Cymbidium Orchid

Steve Taras started Watered Garden Florist as a one-man show, operating out of his home. Over the years, he has built a team of talented designers and a business that works with prominent local residents, businesses, museums, and universities. Steve and the team have travelled up and down the eastern seaboard designing weddings and events in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, D.C. & Virginia – even a yacht in the Caribbean.


Ron

Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Quicksand Rose



Katrina

Office Manager

Favorite Flower: Kangaroo Paw



Kelley Ann

Weddings Coordinator

Favorite Flower: Mophead Hydrangea



Frankie

Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Cockscomb Celosia



Sarah

Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Chinese Peony



Jeff

Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: King Protea



Grace "Gracie" Taras

Mascot

Favorite Flower: Lily of the Valley


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