The Savory Thyme Café is located on the main floor of the Education Center. The café offers light dining options, including salads, sandwiches and soups, using natural, local and organic ingredients.

Hours of Operation

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Special Events

  • Member-only Orchid Preview Night – Friday, March 24, open until 6:30 a.m. Featuring regular menu items and Italian specialties.
  • Mountain Science Expo BBQ – Saturday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside of the Education Center.
  • Easter Brunch – Sunday, April 16. Gather friends and loved ones to celebrate Easter with an unforgettable brunch. Spend the afternoon enjoying wonderful food and wine and then stroll through Arboretum’s beautiful gardens. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To view the menu click here.

Catering & Box Lunches

Large groups seeking quick, affordable and high-quality dining options can contact the Savory Thyme Café regarding catering and box lunches. Tour operators or group leaders can pre-purchase box lunches from the café and eat in a reserved seating area inside the Education Center or outside on the Education Center’s outdoor patio. Click here to view the box lunch menu.

To inquire about catering or box lunches, please e-mail cafe@ncarboretum.org or call 828-676-3244 / 828-335-1112 or visit the cafe’s website.

Café Proprietor: Jo Dee Rodgers