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

The Chrysanthemum Chronicles

A Vision for Piedmont Roadsides

Along the backroads of the Uwharries, the trees seemed especially brilliant this fall.

Tracking nature in an unlikely place: Piedmont roadsides

Becky Dill’s phone was full. After moving to Wadesboro from Pennsylvania, she’d started taking photos of all the pretty wildflowers she found along the backroads of Anson County.

Unruly plants and passionate attraction in a Charlotte garden

I love playing matchmaker in my garden. I introduce plants that will be compatible in terms of color, texture and form.

Milkweed for monarchs? The answer isn’t so simple

The message seems to be getting out — monarchs need milkweed. The charismatic orange and black butterflies seek nectar on a wide variety of flowers, but their caterpillars feed on no other plant...