After adorning An Airy Modern Greenhouse in Brooklyn, NY and co-founding a plants and design business called Tula, Christan Summers and Ivan Martinez have taken their passion for bringing plants to people on the road, building a first-of-its-kind mobile greenhouse. Tulita, as the tricked out plant truck is affectionately called, began as a run-down 1987 Chevy parked deep in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Christan found the pre-makeover Tulita for sale on an early morning run, and immediately saw that she had potential — a shape with character and small size, easily maneuverable around urban streets. Once the truck was theirs, Ivan designed the aesthetic and functional transformation, bringing in Master Chef Mobile Kitchens to fabricate the vision. They started by cutting off the roof and reinforcing the interiors with triangulated aluminum cross bars, then installing a retractable service window on the passenger side. After the structure was remodeled, Tulita was painted a dark green symbolizing Christan and Ivan’s love for horticulture. Exterior branding was hand-done in old school lettering by Jon Bocksel, who is a traditional sign painter. The finished greenhouse on wheels has been visiting different Brooklyn neighborhoods since April 2016, relocating itself to local markets and fairs, or wherever city dwellers need the inspiration with which to fall in love with plants.
The truck fits as many plants as possible while allowing people to come inside, shop, and experience what it’s like to stand in a mobile greenhouse — checking out the plants, planters made in collaboration with local potters, and loads of plant accessories. Never ones to stand still, for Tulita’s next iteration, Christan and Ivan are working on ways to upgrade the efficiencies of transit and plant growth. —Annie
Photography by Ivan Martinez and Christan Summers