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  – 4 p.m.

Please note: The Cafe will close for the winter season beginning November 6, 2017. It will be open during Winter Lights, November 17 – December 31, and also offer a special reservation-only Winter Lights holiday buffet on select weekends and holidays. Please click here to make a reservation.

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