At Watered Garden Florist, flowers are transformed into works of art. Our designers truly enjoy the artistry of their craft and are not satisfied until each piece is a balanced fusion of color, texture, and design. We specialize in sophisticated, one-of-a-kind arrangements, incorporating the unique botanical elements of each season.
Equally important to us is understanding the needs of our clients. We listen carefully so that we clearly comprehend their vision, theme, and budget. Clients say our strength lies in translating their vision to reality and providing exceptional, personalized service.
We can help you plan your own uniquely designed wedding, corporate event, or party. We provide everything from single arrangements, to weekly and monthly flowers for home or business, to flowers for special occasions of all types and sizes.
Studio hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. As our designers spend a lot of time setting up flowers at off-site locations, appointments are strongly recommended to ensure the availability of someone to assist you.
“Just a brief note to tell you how beautiful the flowers were for Kate's reception at NCMA on Nov 9. Such a pleasure to work with you all. Thanks very much.”
- Bennett C. November 2013
“What a gorgeous job you guys did on Maggie & Tony's wedding flowers and reception!! Thank you so much for understanding exactly what she wanted and pulling it all together. We were very happy with everything from the Watered Garden!”
- Laura C, June 2013
“The floral arrangements were wonderful at our wedding! We had many people compliment us on the glass boxes, the hi-top table arrangements and the bouquets. Great job, you guys! Thanks so much for your help!”
- Linda F, June 2013
“I could not be more thrilled with the flower arrangements you provided for my wedding. They were perfect in every way - even more so than I imagined. Even the topiary trees had me blown away. Thank you for your attention to all of my little nuanced requests and for your added brilliance to make everything come together.”
- Liz B, June 2013
“The flowers were AMAZING!!! I couldn't believe how beautiful everything was!!The bouquets were perfect and the centerpieces blew everyone away! Thank you so much for everything you did to help make our wedding wonderful!”
- Sarah S, June 2013
“The flowers were beyond exquisite - as are all of the incredible tableaux you create. Thanks a million for your kindness & generosity.”
- CAM Raleigh
“Thank you for making ARTHOUSE so very special - we are grateful! The party was more glamorous because you were involved. many thanks!”
- CAM Raleigh, May 2013
“My husband and I wanted to let you know how much we loved the flower arrangements for our wedding reception on Saturday. All our guests remarked about the selection of the flowers, the lovely colors and how they were so beautifully arranged. The plants were also perfect in the space and were exactly what I wanted.
So, a tremendous thank you to you and everyone at the Watered Garden for your expert assistance. ”
- Edie W, March 2013
“We received rave reviews for the inspired centerpieces in the Backer's Club last night. You are all so clever & creative! Thanks for making this an especially fun one.”
- Melanie D, NC Theatre November 2012
“I LOVED the flower-arranging for guests to do & worked on myself, thought it was fun and clever. I LOVE Steve Taras and think his staff is wonderful, they made it so enjoyable and made everyone feel comfortable doing the arrangements.”
- NCMA Board Member, October 2012
“The flowers were spectacular! Allison wanted the "wow" factor and you delivered! They were simply elegant. A guest described the atmosphere and decor as "magical". I must say I agree. Thank you for fulfilling the vision she (and I) desired.”
- Arlene H, October 2012
“Thank you so much! We were beyond impressed with the flowers! They were absolutely gorgeous! You really made my vision come to life. In fact, they were my favorite part! We collected all of them and I made sure our family members were able to enjoy them the next week while we were on our honeymoon. Thank you again for being so wonderful to work with and making our wedding beautiful :)”
- Kristy C., September 2012
“Thank you for all the efforts to make last week's Mission Possible event so special. The work of your entire team created a beautiful setting for this special event - I'm sure The Pavilions at the Angus Barn have never looked better!”
- Sandi, NC Symphony
“Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. You have a true talent. We have gotten so many comments about how beautiful the flowers were and I had multiple pictures taken with my nose in my bouquet because they smelled SO wonderful. Please tell your team thank you as well, they are all very nice. Thank you so very much agan.”
- Rebecca & Justin, May 2012
“They were all BEAUTIFUL!!! And exactly what I wanted them to be. You all lived up to my high expectations and I so appreciate all the artistic endeavor, as well as the hard work that went into creating the arrangements and delivering to their appointed locations. Your flowers are one of my loveliest memories. Thank you and all of the Watered Garden team for creating such lovely arrangements.”
- Virginia P, February 2012
“Thank you all SO much for everything you did to make our wedding day perfect. From coordinating the flowers, to rentals, to helping set up, you went way above and beyond our expectations. The day was incredible and we will never forget what you did for us!”
- Amanda L, January 2012
“You far exceeded my expectations - thank you, thank you. thank you!”
- Jena J. October 2011
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beautiful flowers both for the wedding and the rehearsal dinner. The pumpkin was absolutely perfect and the cut flowers you provided were perfect for the centerpieces I concocted. When I figure out how to do it, I'll send you pictures!”
- Sarah C., October 2011
“We want to thank you so much for being part of our special day! The flowers were absolutely beautiful. I loved how everything turned out. You all were such a pleasure to work with through the entire process.”
- Liz S, June 2011
“Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so amazing. The flowers were stunning & everyone loved the centerpieces at the reception. Everyone has been so helpful & professional through this entire process & we couldn't be happier with the results!”
- Liz B, July 2011
“I just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with the flowers at our daughter's wedding yesterday. The colours were perfect and really created the look and feel she was hoping for. The deep pink peonies are truly amazing. Thank you so much for listening to Emily's wishes and creating such wonderful arrangements.”
- Carol W, July 2011
“Matthew & I (and our families) cannot express how grateful we are to you for making our wedding day so incredible and memorable. We couldn't have done any of it without you and for that we give you our undying appreciation. Please consider us two of your biggest fans. Your services were absolutely flawless!”
- Valerie G, June 2011
“What a beautiful wedding we had on Saturday thanks to everyone at the Watered Garden! I can not begin to thank you ALL for your creativity and hard work! The flowers/arrangements were simple yet they were so elegant! BEAUTIFUL!!! Everyone at St. Mary's and at the Art museum were so complimentary! The most comments were of the spray over the chapel door and the breathtaking bouquets at the Art Museum! You all outdid yourselves! Thank you, thank you!”
- Chris H, May 2011
“The arrangements from the boutonnieres, to the corsages, to the bouquets, table arrangements, the two huge entrance arrangements and aisle arrangements were amazing. I loved how you stuck to orange and white, I loved my bouquet and the blue ribbon you found to match the bridesmaids' dresses perfectly. I love how simple and unique the tables were so people could still see and talk across the tables. I love the flowers on the cake, too! Everything was more amazing than I imagined.”
- Brittany L, March 2011
“All you did was absolutely beautiful and we could not have been more pleased. Your ears must have been burning with all the compliments that have come about your handiwork. And I give you credit every time. The wedding setting and flowers at the club outdid anything I have ever seen. Your vision and execution were superb! Many thanks to you and all the others at your office who helped to make it a perfect day for all of us.”
- Mary Fry H. September 2010
“Ralph Waldo Emerson said "Love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art". You applied your "art" to our party on August 7th and for that we are grateful. You indeed are the link that completed the "look" by creating those arrangements. Our guests felt well cared for and that's what we wanted for them. I'm so happy that you were able to attend. Thank you again for sharing your genius with all of us.”
- Ruth K, August 2010
“Thank you for the incredible job you did for my parents' 50th anniversary. The plants and flowers were absolutely perfect and set the scene for a beautiful party. I can't thank you enough for your kindness, consideration and hard work. ”
- Sandee S, July 2010
“Just a note to tell you how wonderful the flowers were at Duke Gardens on May 7th. It was such a busy time, we appreciate you taking it on and making it so lovely. ”
- Joy S, May 2010
“Thank you for making this important event "blossom" so beautifully. You are masterful!”
- Lynda A, May 2010
“Steve and the entire talented team at Watered Garden, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the absolutely beautiful floral centerpieces you created for my events. Whenever anyone remarks on the gorgeous work you do - I smile with pride to work with your amazing team.”
- Natasha B, June 2010
“We were all thrilled with the flowers for Elizabeth's wedding - they were absolutely perfect! You did a great job of interpreting exactly the look that we wanted, both for the outside and inside - and the tall callas looked especially amazing. We love how they looked, very dramatic! It was a pleasure working with all of you!”
- Deborah W, June 2010
“The flowers were all extremely lovely, we're still enjoying them. We got lots of compliments and the AB staff really liked them.”
- Alan R, June 2010
“I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you all for all of your lovely work for our January 16 wedding. The best thing I could have done was leave it all to you! The bouquets were so lovely and the "winter" table at the Washington Duke Inn was truly stunning! People are still raving about it! You all were so pleasant, flexible and stress-free to work with. Many thanks for our beautiful memories.”
- Elizabeth S. January 2010
“When I die, I can't decide if I want to go to heaven or The Umstead. It is so beautiful and the flowers are always gorgeous. It's a hard choice.”
- Sue T, January 2010
“I just wanted to thank y'all for the amazing flowers! They were perfect! I cannot tell you how many people commented on the arrangements. It was such a pleasure to work with you.”
- Megan, July 2009 Wedding
“The flowers were beautiful. So many people commented on how elegant they were and how much they added. They're always my favourite part and we thank you so much for doing them.”
- Sandy, July 2009 Wedding
“Thank you for providing such exquisite flowers for our event! It has been my pleasure to get to know you and to meet your staff. What a wonderful, talented group! ”
- Ginger, June 2009
“I just don't know how to tell you how absolutely delighted all of us were with the beautiful flowers for the wedding!!!! It was everything we had hoped for and more. There is not one thing I would have done differently. I don't think we - or anyone else - have ever seen Hope Valley Country Club look so elegant. Many, many thanks to you and to all of your staff for everything you did to make Kathleen and Sam's wedding so lovely. ”
- Betsy, June 2009
“Thank you on behalf of the CFS community. The flowers were exquisite. A person commented to me that they thought they were the best we've ever had for graduation. Your flowers helped set the stage for a special celebration for many students and their families. Again, my deepest appreciation for the beautiful job you did. ”
- Carolina Friends, June 2009
“Steve, we knew the flowers would be spectacular, because you do nothing BUT breathtaking perfection. That's why we called you first and planned the date around you. You outdid yourself!”
- Nancy, June 2009
“Just had to write a quick note - the flowers for our wedding were spectacular. I really can't get over it. Many said they were the prettiest they'd ever seen. I obviously agree. Thank you so much for all that you did to make our day so perfect for us.”
- Martha, June 2009
“Thanks for the wonderful flowers! I think you guys will love the pictures when they come in! Kelsey's bouquet is just breathtaking and the photographer highlighted it with a foreground of pale pink wildflowers. The centerpieces were so pretty it makes me want to cry! Exquisite! The pink peonies were a major hit and several people asked me who I used. You did a wonderful job. Thanks again, it was so fun to work with you. ”
- Diana, June 2009
“I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful work you did for Lizzie's wedding and reception. It was absolutely beautiful and we had so many compliments on the arrangements. Thank you again for making this the most memorable occasion.”
- Leigh, June 2009
“What an amazing job you did with our wedding weekend. The flowers at the bridesmaid luncheon, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding (ESPECIALLY) were fantastic and exactly what I had envisioned for our wedding day. It has been such a pleasure working with you all. Thanks for being so accommodating and helpful throughout the planning and for making our wedding day look beautiful. I can assure you, you will come highly recommended from anyone involved in our wedding!”
- Kathleen, June 2009
“Your flowers were a huge hit! Several people wanted to take arrangements home with them and one guest succeeded. I walked through the Grand Corridor before the show began and discovered an empty container sitting on a table! Thank you again for working with us. I enjoy working with you and your team so much that I wish we got the opportunity to work together more often!”
- Katherine, NC State
“I wanted to write and tell you how much Robert and I loved the flowers at our wedding. I cannot tell you how many compliments I go on them. You did a great job in balancing our desire for simple elegance and our idea that the flowers would be the focal point of the reception. I especially loved the hydrangeas. The bouquets were gorgeous as well. All your time and effort was evident. We will recommend you highly to others. I really enjoyed working with you.”
- Judy & Robert
“Thank you for creating such beautifully creative centerpieces for our joint board meeting. They were each fabulous in their own right but once pointed out to our guests that they represented each division, well....the response was nothing short of speechless. Thanks again......”
- Duke University
“The dinner was successful and the flowers were absolutely lovely! Better than I had imagined. Steve really picked up on what I wanted and used his artistry to make the tables look stunning. One of the catering managers said the room looked the best she had ever seen it. Thanks again!”
- Jean Marie, NC State
“Our wedding went wonderfully and the flowers were absolutely spectacular. Thanks to you all for working with me and making the flowers so lovely for our wedding day!”
- Rachel T.
“Just wanted to let you know that SO MANY people have enjoyed the roses you did for Mom's funeral. My sisters and I have heard from so many people that they were the most beautiful flowers they have ever seen at a funeral. I think I mentioned to you that everyone took roses home from the reception after the burial, from the ones in the vases that you did for the altar in the church. Many said they would press them in Bibles with the mass cards. ”
“Everything this weekend was extraordinary - really perfect down to the last detail. You should have heard our dean RAVE about the dinner on Sunday night. She said it was the most beautiful, elegant, most tasteful event she has ever attended. She also raved about the Gerrard Hall setting for the lunch on Sunday and was so pleased with her seating, etc. You all really knocked the ball out of the ballpark. Congratulations.”
- Laura, UNC
“Thank you so much for the wonderful flowers. The tulips were just perfect and I loved the urns with the hydrangeas - I wish I could keep them like that all the time. I appreciate all your work and look forward to seeing you again soon.”
“Thank you soooooo much for your job well done! The beauty you contributed to the Cary Visual Art, Inc. is without measure. People raved about the flowers and we were happy to remind them that you are the ones who brought that beauty to the event. All of that and the realization that you are truly a pleasure to work with.....you made our task easy and we knew we could depend on you. Thanks again!”
“I wanted to thank you for the truly exquisite flowers you created for the Gala. I could not have been more pleased. They were so appropriate and so very lovely. Thank you so much for all of your help, kindness and energy.”
- Jill, NC State
“We do so appreciate all that your staff did to create a wonderful event here. Accolades are still being sent to us. In fact, I was asked just who accomplished all that! And I could honestly say "Watered Garden Florist" - and they already knew about you! Thank you!!”
“I had the most appreciative thank you for the flower arrangement you delivered for my friend's mother at Rex Hospital. She went on and on about how beautiful it was and how all the doctors and nurses and friends had to comment on the beauty of it. I am so thankful for what you and your team did for them! You brightened her room and that is exactly what I had asked you to do! You guys are PHENOMENAL!!”
“I wanted to send a personal note of thanks to you for all your hard work on the wedding. From the giant pineapple made of sunflowers to the replica of the beloved dogs, everywhere one looked was a visual feast for the eyes. It was spectacular. My best wishes to you and your talented staff. ”
“Thank you very much for the beautiful centerpieces you designed for our conference. I loved them and they looked lovely on our dinner tables - I took roses home and enjoyed them for days! I hope we get to work together again! ”
- Kathy, BCBSNC
“Thank you and your staff so much for the beautiful arrangement of white amaryllis. I've never seen anything so striking and simple. The flowers look wonderful in the nursery and I'm happy to think of you each time I see them!
“We would like to thank you for all your efforts in making our wedding day so fabulous! My bouquet was so pretty. I can't wait to see the photographs, we'll certainly share. Thank you for all you do!”
“Where do I begin? Thank you so much for everything you did to help make the wedding a success. Your guidance through the process of start to end was valuable and I am grateful for our partnership. I look forward to many more wonderful events together!”
“Thank you and your staff for all you did in making the rehearsal dinner/dance magical and wonderous. Mary Jane and I continue to receive raving compliments about the beauty of the flowers, votives and lights. We are grateful to all you did in making it a wonderful evening. ”
- Walt & Mary Jane.
“Thank you for your part in giving Allison her amazing wedding she dreamed of. We enjoyed having you here and are thankful for your talent.”
“Everything you did for my wedding and reception was just perfect. I can't thank you enough. The bouquets, chapel decoration, chandeliers at the club and all the other flowers were gorgeous! The whole weekend was better than I could have ever imagined. All the comments about the flowers are full of superlatives and just don't seem to stop. Thank you again for all you did. It was beautiful.”
“I don't know if i got a chance to say this on the day, but thank you so much for everything. Everything you did was BEAUTIFUL. I got so many compliments on the bouquets, the guys' flowers and especially the centerpieces. They were perfect. You were an absolute joy to work with and I appreciate everything. I'll send pictures when I get them!!”
- Kathleen A.T.
“Thank you for all the beautiful flowers! I especially appreciate you working with us when our event had to be moved at the last minute. Your patience is amazing.
It is always such a pleasure to work with you, Steve and your entire team at the Watered Garden. You make us look good and all of us say a big THANK YOU!!”
- Kerry, NAI Carolantic
530 Pylon Drive Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27606
(Map / Directions)
Art of Flowers' floral classes and workshops provide a unique and wonderful opportunity for groups and individuals to learn the art of floral design. Sessions are conducted on-site in the Watered Garden Florist studio.
Professionals with over 50 years combined experience will guide you step-by-step through the creative process. The result will be a beautiful arrangement you can take home and display proudly.
Individuals or groups are welcome - come with your friends, family or social group for a fun & relaxed evening.
Click on the link below for information on classes & upcoming dates.
Location: North Carolina Museum of Art
$20 for members, $30 for non-members.
Contact the Museum directly for reservations.