Quince is a worthy addition to the garden and can be made into quince cheese.

I’ve spent the past week in New York City, with a little more fall foliage still standing. At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden there were the reds and golds of ornamental cherries and the soft yellows of the Fall Fiesta sugar maple.

We were spectators at the New York City Marathon, where 50,000 runners took in the still-glow acacia foliage.

In Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a lesser-known Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, we saw fields and paths filled with New Yorkers picnicking and hobnobbing.

At the Brooklyn Museum, tree murals graced the entrance, showcasing the environmental services trees provide.

Washington Square Park in Manhattan tinkled with guitars and mandolins reminiscent of the heyday of folk singing: and my grandson Miles now speaks conversationally as if Bob Dylan were a personal friend.

governors island

The islands of New York City (estimated at over three dozen) intrigue me, and not just the obvious ones of Manhattan Island, Staten Island, and parts of Long Island. A gondola ride to Roosevelt Island (for the cost of a subway ride) offers a panoramic view of the East River and the Queensboro Bridge, and back to midtown Manhattan. Ellis Island is of great importance due to the energization of the United States of immigrants. Rikers Island: I have no immediate desire or need to visit.