Ruth Ann Grissom


Ruth Ann Grissom grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and earned degrees in journalism and social work at UNC Chapel Hill. She divides her time between Charlotte and the Uwharries.

Stories by Ruth Ann Grissom

Rediscovering an overlooked native plant: Ninebarks

Plant obsessions can run in different directions. Some plant lovers amass a deep collection of a single species – say, iris, roses or hostas. Others go wide — they want one of everything.

Ghost Tales of the Uwharries

It was a warm, late-April evening in the Uwharries. Conditions seemed auspicious. The skies were clear, and the wind was calm. The moon wouldn’t rise until the wee hours.

Color and peace with spring wildflowers and migrants

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the past two years obsessing over the squiggly lines charting COVID's peaks and troughs.

Outlaws and Bounties: Bradford pear edition

Bradford pears are a problem. For years, I didn’t want to admit it.

The charm of sourwoods in the winter woods

For those who are partial to the charms of a lush forest in spring and summer, don’t throw shade on the winter woods – they’re far from rigid and stark.