The Art of Garden to Table at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Sixth-generation farmer Anthony Williams creates the Four Seasons Serenity Garden at Four Seasons Dallas, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
Dallas, U.S.A.

Patience, passion, and a love for the environment are the key ingredients to creating a flourishing garden. There is a man who embodies all of those, plus a dash of humility and a wealth of knowledge – Anthony Williams, MG, CGCS, CGM, Director of Golf Course and Landscape Operations at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Williams, along with the entire landscaping team, have planted, grown, and nourished the Resort’s 1,500 square-foot (140 square metre) organic herb and produce garden that sits adjacent to the Resort’s signature restaurant, LAW.

The Four Seasons Serenity Garden was imagined and planted in celebration of Earth Day in 2019, and has been thriving ever since. Anthony, a sixth-generation farmer from Georgia, has planted more than 31 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and greens in the garden space for the culinary teams to utilize in seasonal dishes and cocktail garnishes.

“Growing and taking care of this garden is deeply rooted in my legacy as a sixth-generation farmer,” says Williams. “I receive great joy in witnessing others enjoy the beauty and bounty the garden provides. I am a simple man with a big dream of ensuring we share the spirit of Four Seasons hospitality in everything we do – from the garden to the table.”

Chefs in LAW and mixologists in OUTLAW Taproom incorporate the garden’s ingredients into dining and cocktail menus based on what is in season. Items harvested to date include pumpkins, peppers, purple-top turnips, sage, mint, mustard greens, tomatoes, strawberries, string beans, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, basil, cucumbers, European/African lavender and jalapeños, to name a few.

“It’s been great to collaborate with Anthony when planning the upcoming menus,” says Executive Chef Tony France.  “It allows us to create hyper-seasonal dishes with the freshest ingredients while remaining focused on sustainability and being environmental leaders.”

The Four Seasons Serenity Garden not only provides a fruitful harvest of organic herbs and produce, it is also a place of reflection. A serenity tree was planted on Earth Day 2018 in remembrance of employees who have passed away. At that time, all employees were invited to help plant the greenery around the serenity tree, allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute. The garden became centred around the tree. Four Seasons employees gathered on Earth Day the following year to add memory stones with meaningful handwritten messages in honour of those who have passed. Guests and employees can sit at the fire pit near the Four Seasons Serenity Garden for a moment of reflection and connection with the environment.

LAW chefs host an Earth Day Dinner in April and a Garden Harvest Dinner in October annually where guests can take in the beauty of the garden and enjoy the fruits of their labour – a great remember that what you plant today, you will harvest tomorrow.