Allen graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1956, attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School and received a doctorate in religion from Duke.
Lacy became a gardening columnist for the Wall Street Journal by chance in 1979. He remained in that post for six years, moving to the New York Times at the beginning of 1986. Lacy’s first gardening book was the 1984 publication "Home Ground: A Gardener's Miscellany", which brought together many of Lacy’s short pieces written for periodicals between 1979 and 1983. A second collection of Lacy’s short pieces was published two years later under the title "Farther Afield: A Gardener's Excursions." In his 1990 work. "The Garden in Autumn", Lacy provides a unique discussion of gardening in the later months of the year. Another collection of Lacy’s essays, "The Gardener’s Eye", appeared in 1992.
Allen taught at several colleges before becoming a philosophy professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, which is now called the Stockton University.
(Essays deal with favorite plants, places where the author...)1992
Allen is a Episcopalian.
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Allen Lacy showed me that you could bring real ideas into what had been a fairly light genre without losing the amateur vibe of garden writing.
On November 28, 1958 Allen married a nurse Hella Goethert, with whom he had two sons: Paul David and Michael Loren Bernhard Lucy. They also had five grandchildren.