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Playing in the Dirt

Playing In the Dirt, Ruby's 4th book, promotes fun, monthly gardening activities, which appeal to the heart and soul of gardeners of all ages. Throughout the year every page will instruct the readership to create joyful moments.

Copies can be purchased in Chapin at Palmetto Fine Arts and The Coffee Shelf, in Little Mountain at The Lake Murray Flower Shop and ordered and shipped from Ruby DeLoach, The Art Party Press,

Ruby will be signing copies at Palmetto Fine Arts this Saturday 18th from 12-4.

Photo of a stack of copies of the book "Playing in the Dirt" by Ruby DeLoach

About the Artist

Ruby DeLoach

Photo of the artist: Ruby DeLoach

Ruby developed a love of nature growing up in a history book on Blackstock Road in Union County. Stories of the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Blackstock where often told. Tales of Old Bloody Bill Cunningham could conjure up nightmares. She, her sister and cousins enjoyed walks along old Indian trails, through woodlands and open fields discovering wild flowers and observing landscapes with waves of wheat blowing in the wind, making grasshoppers spit their tobacco, whistling bobwhite bird calls, and viewing the smoky blue mountains horizon sunrises and sunsets at the Appalachian Foothills. Passionate feelings direct her brush in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums.

After 40 years as an educator, Ruby retired, cleaned out her attic, hired a contractor to add a dormer and created an art studio where she has written and illustrated three previous children's books (Earth Turns on Its Axis, and..., Growing Little Green Thumbs (SC Book Festival Selection), & Appalachian Mornings). The G.R.O.W! theme of Great Readings Open Worlds echoes through all her books. She continually adds to her Wild Things and Lucky In Love series.

In 2015, designing lamps became an artful pursuit. If you're in need of a lamp Reimagined by Ruby, a children's book, a piece of art for your home or a gift, email her at and stop by and meet Ruby in person.


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