Enjoying the Moment

Something occurred to me while having lunch at Café Forain the other day.  Before coming to work at the Dixon (almost two years ago), I was a landscape contractor.  Over the years, I have designed and built many beautiful spaces, but have rarely had the chance to enjoy them firsthand.  Most of the enjoyment came vicariously when clients would tell me how much they love their new space – and that thrilled me.

Eating a fine lunch at a very blue bistro table with shade sails above and a cooling mist gently blowing past, I realized that, at the Dixon, I actually have the opportunity to experience the scenes we create.  It’s easy to get lost in all the details that need to get tended to – weeds to be pulled, pruning to be done, areas to be cleaned – and forget to look at the whole picture.  Sometimes a moment like the one at Café Forain happens, though, and I am proud of the work we do and gratified with the experience we have created.  The Café is now my favorite place in the garden.  I hope you like it as much as I.
-Jesse Howley, Manager of Grounds Horticulture
Cafe Forain is our new cafe service – In the Gardens & Indoors


GARDEN PATIO SERVICE: Serving beverages, snacks and sandwiches in the gardens from 10 am – 3 pm, including Thursday evenings, July 7 – October 6.

INDOOR SERVICE: Join us for lunch from 11 am – 2 pm, Tuesday-Friday, serving sandwiches, specials du jour and desserts. Hughes Pavilion.

By Just For Lunch
Comfort sponsored by Buzz Free Memphis