Meet Our Team
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.



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.


Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Quicksand Rose


Office Manager

Favorite Flower: Kangaroo Paw

Kelley Ann

Weddings Coordinator

Favorite Flower: Mophead Hydrangea


Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Cockscomb Celosia


Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: Chinese Peony


Floral Designer

Favorite Flower: King Protea


Favorite Flower: Anthurium


Favorite Flower: Bird of Paradise

Grace "Gracie" Taras


Favorite Flower: Lily of the Valley


If this inquiry is in regards to your wedding, we encourage you to fill out our Wedding Consultation Form for the most efficient and informed response from our team.