Trimby doesn't even pretend to write a story. She simply tells how Londoner Mr. Plum starts a garden in his small backyard, thereby inspiring the neighbors to knock down the fences and make a block-long joint garden that becomes so famous they open it for the public to enjoy. Clearly, it's all just a showcase for Trimby's cunning perspectives on the trim rowhouse complex and semiformal community garden and for her neat arrangements of the pastel flowers and crisp vegetables that grow there. It is a pretty garden, but Trimby's renditions of its contents would be better placed on gift shop dishtowels or kitchen posters than in a children's book.