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

Sumac shows its glories in autumn

Few plants are as gorgeous in fall as sumacs, a native plant that can also thrive in gardens. 

The mystery of the missing garden cats

As I left town for a quick trip over Labor Day weekend, a dozen hungry monarch caterpillars were munching away on my swamp milkweed.  When I returned 32 hours later, they had vanished.

Cultivating a new generation of conservation leaders

Modeled after the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps, this N.C. program puts youths to work on conservation lands across the state.

The mysteries of birdsong

The eastern towhee in my backyard seems to have misplaced his trill. What causes this variation in birdsong?

Make your own luck with clover

Growing up in the Uwharries, my sister and I were country girls through and through, right down to the soles of our feet. We went barefoot much of the summer. The red clay stained our feet the color...