On September 15, 2018, between 12 and 2 pm: the artist Deborah Margo will be at the SPAO Centre (77 Pamilla St.) to give tours of her garden installation, A Garden for Adele, as part of the Garden Promenade’s Gardenlicious events. Inspired by the produce grown in the garden, and in recognition of the neighborhood where it is located, Margo will be doling out servings of pappa al pomodoro, an Italian soup made with tomatoes and bread. She will also be distributing packets of seeds that have been sourced from the garden.
The SPAO Centre commissioned Deborah Margo to create the installation as the first iteration of its Photo-Synthesis Garden, which debuted on May 11 as part of the annual Canadiana exhibition in conjunction with the Canadian Tulip Festival, and continues as a part of the Garden Promenade. Inspired by the gardens in Little Italy, Margo’s installation features bamboo stick scaffolding that changes configurations and heights as the artist adapts it to the growth of her selected plant palette from May through October.
The garden is dedicated to the first gardener-neighbour that Margo met when she moved to Ottawa and into Little Italy. For Margo, Adele exemplifies the type of gardener who will make a garden in whatever space is available, often combining ornamental and vegetable plants. Adele also gave her many of the first seeds she planted, including those for scarlet runner bean vines, featured prominently in the installation.
The SPAO Photo-Synthesis Garden is part of Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade, a showcase of gardens in the region offering unique garden experiences. Special garden attractions, artistic installations, themed events and optional tours occur throughout the season, such as Gardenlicious, which runs from Sept. 14 to 23.
Deborah Margo is a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa where she teaches painting and sculpture. During the spring and summer months she works as a gardener.
The SPAO Centre is home to the Ottawa region's only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art. Gallery programming includes the exhibition of photographic and video art work by emerging and established artists, working locally, nationally and internationally.
For more information, please call 613-562-3824 or visit www.spao.ca