Ruth Ann Grissom

Writer, conservationist


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.



    Jan 27, 2017
    I don't let my ground lie fallow. My 8-foot-by-8-foot vegetable plot is prominent in my front yard, so I feel some pressure to make it productive – and keep it somewhat attractive – year round.
    Dec 12, 2016
    You may not like thinking about what they do, but carrion beetles, which help clean up our roadsides and landscapes, perform invaluable public service.
    Nov 16, 2016
    A hike through the English moors in Devon illustrates how 10,000 years of land use changes the landscape over time. 
    Oct 18, 2016
    In designing a moon garden, the guiding principle is to use flowers, foliage and accessories that reflect moonlight. Think shiny, silvery and white. Since sight is limited, fragrance is also desirable.
    Aug 24, 2016
    Maritime woods can seem magical places, and some of the plants sheltered there can thrive in Piedmont gardens.
    Aug 03, 2016
    Over the years, some interesting birds have turned up at our farm in the Uwharries. This summer, Mama had an unusual visitor: a pigeon with a banded leg.
    Jun 29, 2016
    You don’t have to build a solar farm or buy expensive equipment to take advantage of solar energy. All it takes is a length of wire or rope. 
    Jun 01, 2016
    Spend time in the N.C. Piedmont forest after sundown and you may be treated to a beautiful sight: thousands of fireflies lit up among the tree tops – a different species from our backyard fireflies. But even backyard firefly populations are in decline, due to pesticides, habitat loss and light pollution.  
    May 03, 2016
    As many Charlotte gardeners know, working with red clay can be a challenge. But another clay soil found in these parts is, if possible, even harder to deal with. 
    Apr 07, 2016
    Gardeners are important players in managing wildlife. Learning which backyard plants host insects important to the ecosystem can help you and your garden take on an important role in conservation.