The Savory Thyme Café  in the Education Center is closed for the season and will re-open in March. However, The Savory Thyme Café’s Baker Exhibit Center location in the Connections Gallery Gift Shop offers beverages and snacks from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

If you are trying to reach Jo Dee Rodgers or Tony Smith, recent operators of The North Carolina Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café, they are opening a new business, The Savory Way Cafe, at 1550 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, North Carolina, phone (828) 335-1112 or (828) 333-2334 or The Savory Way Cafe is not affiliated with The North Carolina Arboretum.

Catering & Box Lunches

Tour operators or group leaders can pre-purchase box lunches and eat in a reserved seating area inside the Education Center or outside on the Education Center’s outdoor patio. To inquire about catering or box lunches, please e-mail