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Video: Ultraviolet Basket

Orders Pioneer - Monday, June 25, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by:  Lisa B.


Learn how to create a vibrant garden basket using 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year with this quick time-lapse video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins with a round triple weave basket and two types of ribbon cut into lengths of 6-8” inches. She ties these lengths around the basket handle, alternating between the double-faced satin ribbon in purple haze and the pirouette ribbon in purple. 

With the basket handle covered, Vonda beings placing silk lavender bush sprays into a block of floral foam hidden within the basket. She centers these tall pieces in the middle to give the arrangement a sense of height and drama. Occasionally, you will see her slightly bend and adjust the stems for a balanced look. 


Silk peony and silk hydrangea blossoms fill in the perimeter of the basket, easily obscuring the rest of the floral foam below. 

The result is a lovely centerpiece that spans a range of purple hues that closely echo Pantone ultraviolet. Serving as a fun way to add color to an event – regardless of season – this arrangement is sure to spark the enthusiasm of your customers and clients who love purple color palettes.

 

The supplies used in this arrangement are readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of coordinated details to help you create custom arrangements your customers are sure to love. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, and other accessories in a spectrum of hues to suit any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:

3512ST – Round Triple Weave Baskets Set of 4, Stained
PWL2242PU – Lavender Bush, x15, 24”, Purple
PWP2200PU – Peony Bush, x7, 19”, Purple
PWH2085PU – Hydrangea Bush, x5, 17”, Purple 
16-2461-9-265 – “Pirouette” Ribbon, 1.5” x 100 yds., Purple
2205-9-412 – Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yds., Purple Haze


Watch the video here! 


Video: How To: Design With Summer Sun Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


The Summer Sun Collection is a brilliant display of hues from the orange, red and yellow color palates. This grouping is centered around what are sometimes called the “happy” colors, and give off the feeling of being truly alive.


Celebrate the colors of summer with a bright and vibrant centerpiece, whether for a picnic, an outdoor wedding or perhaps an informal dining table.


Prepare and place the coppery rimmed metal container on your work space. Now, using the summer wreath, pluck some branches from the backside to give the centerpiece texture. Tape the branches to a wire for length and set aside for insertion into the base later.


Now, begin adding the lovely red zinnias, orange poppies and bright yellow sunflowers into a bouquet, somewhat evenly spread across the space. Once all the flowers are pleasingly placed, add fern branches to the ends to elongate the look. Now, add in leaves for filling and texture, and top off with the branches you’ve prepared from the back of the wreath.


Now you will have a complete and stunning summer look, ready for your customers to use to compliment the summer season for their event or simply around their homes or offices.


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Video: How To: Design a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Consumers love succulents because they’re easy to care for, which is also one of the reasons the artificial succulents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale are such a popular selection – they require absolutely no upkeep or maintenance, yet they look so vibrant and real. 


In this helpful video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a succulent garden using Pioneer’s line of wholesale artificial succulents.

Vonda begins with a handsome nature-inspired planter that has been outfitted with a small block of floral foam in the center. She presses each artificial succulent into the foam one by one – taking care to ensure an attractive sense of balance between color, height, and variety. 

The result is a beautiful permanent botanical garden perfect for any consumer or commercial display. 

When it comes time to display this lovely artificial succulent garden, Vonda suggests displaying them in multiples. Your customer might choose to buy an additional piece because they are so easy to display and look so rich and interesting when arranged in groups. 

Try out this log look planter for your next project or explore the wide selection of wholesale containers from the Pioneer website. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers an extensive selection of containers and wholesale artificial succulents – everything you need to create stunning displays and permanent botanical arrangements just like the one in this video. 


Shop our complete line of succulents here.

Containers featured in this video:

#2-107CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 15"

#2-106CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 8" 


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Video: How To: Design With Our Blue Moon Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 18, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Learn how to create a gorgeous permanent botanical arrangement in a palette of gentle blues with this video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins by introducing the silk flowers that make this arrangement so special, all taken from the lovely Once in a Blue Moon collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This set – a mixed ranunculus and hydrangea bush – contains a variety of flowers to demonstrate the full range of the Blue Moon palette. 

A ceramic pot textured to look like concrete serves as the starting point for this design – a timeless look currently surging in popularity. Blocks of floral foam hide inside to support the wholesale silk flowers and foliage within. 

Vonda places the large silk blossoms first, then moves down to the darker medium blossoms. She punctuates the design with the white and yellow pieces for contrast. Smaller silk flowers in light blue dot the edges. Silk boxwood and lavender picks give the piece extra height toward the middle. 

As this quick composition demonstrates, the attractive Blue Moon collection spans a whole spectrum of wonderful blues that immediately catch the eye and make for a distinctive addition to any display.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more useful pieces from the Once in a Blue Moon Collection, along with plenty of other inspiring colorways that you can use to create popular products and projects for every season.  


Shop the complete Once in a Blue Moon Collection here.

Shop products from the video:

#95071-00 – Ceramic Locket Pot 5.75" x 6", Gray
#PWB2031GYGR – Boxwood Bush, Gray/Green


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Top 10 Best Sellers in May

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1. Eucalyptus Garland 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is part of our Sydney Eucalyptus Collection and is perfect for weddings and events!


2. Lemon Leaf Wreath 20" - #PWG2626GR

Our lemon leaf wreath, part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection, adds a nice vibrant green to any wall or door.


3. Medium Round Natural Willow Basket with Handle - #002M

One of our classic single-size fruit and gift baskets.


4. Boxwood Garland 6' - #PWG2038GR

Garlands are popular for a reason, their versatility! They can be hung on archways, table fronts, or laid across tables for a dramatic centerpiece! And boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite.


5. Lemon Leaf Garland 70" - #PWG2627GR

Lemon Leaf was certainly popular in May! This lemon leaf garland is also part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection and matches the Lemon Leaf Wreath (#2).


6. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush x6, 23" - #PWE1090GWH

This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.


7. Oval Willow Basket - Set of 4 with Liners - #2510B-WC

Set of four oval willow woodchip baskets with plastic liners, often used for flower baskets or gift baskets.


8. Extra-Large Hydrangea Stem 28.5", Chalk - #PWH2095CHK

Our extra-large, full hydrangea stem with a 7" head diameter looks beautiful in any bridal bouquet or floral arrangement.


9. Everyday Hydrangea Stem 29", Pink Sand - #PWH2087PKSD

Our practical everyday hydrangea stem with a 6.5" head diameter is perfect for those with a budget but who still want a quality product.


10. Rose Bush Open/Bud x30, 19", Red - #PWR2050RD

Who doesn't love a red rose? This beautiful rose bush comes with 15 open rose stems and 15 rosebud stems, accented with gypsophila.


*List shows top ten items that are still available.

Video: How To: Design An Easy to Transport Foliage Wall

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Foliage walls are a high-demand accessory for good reason. They’re fantastic for display backdrops, photography projects, and general set pieces. Any business that invests in a permanent botanical wall is sure to find reasons to use it again and again.

The problem is that these bulky items can be difficult to store and transport. But this video offers a solution! Take a few minutes to follow Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video walkthrough to see how to build an artificial foliage wall that is easy to pack away and transport anywhere.  

This tutorial does require a small amount of woodworking ability. But once the frame is prepared, the rest of the work is all design. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale carries all the permanent botanicals used in this video – you can find these silk plants, and many others, available through the Pioneer catalog.  

Construction begins with a 4x8’ sheet of plywood or melamine cut into four 2x4’ pieces. These individual 2x4’ pieces are easy to carry and transport, but the finished construction still makes a huge impression. Once the pieces arrive at their destination, reassembling is simply a matter of using an electric screwdriver to fasten the sections together.

Vonda begins by describing the construction of the frame, ordinary 2x4” studs that have been prepared by routing a simple dado channel down the center. The melamine panels will fit right into this slot. Next, take a 1”-thick piece of Styrofoam and glue to the melamine board – the permanent botanicals will slide directly into the foam to make an easy silk plant arrangement. 

If desired, you can even attach Styrofoam to the other side of the frame as well. This is ideal for situations where customers may see both sides of the construction, easy to enjoy from every angle. Painting the Styrofoam surface a subdued green color is a smart way to disguise any gaps in the silk foliage. 

Vonda uses a variety of permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. She makes this project even easier by preparing each plant beforehand, removing the leaves so they can be inserted individually. Vonda uses a bolt cutter to snip the sturdier stems. 

Cutting the stems at an angle allows for direct insertion into the Styrofoam. Vonda notes that she rarely needs to use glue for this type of project because the stems stay in place so well. 

Vonda begins with silk coleus in pink and green, filling in an entire corner. She then moves onto a plant with smaller leaves in a subdued burgundy and cream. Large silk dieffenbachia leaves fill in a generous portion – Vonda inserts each at different angles for a more realistic look. Small silk leaves in a streaky cream and green covers the remaining corner.  

Next, Vonda begins to add layering. She starts with silk pepper tree branches before moving onto sprays of hanging artificial succulents. This process continues with the other portions of the panel, taking care to align the silk plant sections so the entire construction will look like one continuous piece once assembled. 

The result is impressive. After moving outside, Vonda displays all four panels attached together. She explains how to use long screws to connect each panel, easy to remove for disassembly. The feet are made from simple shelf brackets – simply add potted plants to prevent customers from tripping over the legs if the path of foot traffic will cross too closely. 

Video: "Rosie" Ribbon

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 11, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a versatile accessory to instantly elevate any permanent botanical arrangement. 


The wonderful “Rosie” Ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is beautiful on its own, but it really shines when used as a decorative accent for other accessories. 

Vonda demonstrates the endless potential of this intricate ribbon by adding it to a simple transparent glass cube. She adds a small adhesive strip to the back of the glass, using it to securely anchor the ribbon in place. Adding a silk peony bouquet finishes the design – now this quick and easy piece is ready for any wedding or event. 

You can find the wholesale ribbon, the silk peony bouquet, and hundreds of other fantastic accessories available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 

Shop products from the video:

#16-2661-40-154 - #40 – 2.5” x 10 yds – “Rosie” Ribbon
#PWP0141TTPK – Peony Bouquet, Two-Tone Pink


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Video: Designing a European Garden Basket

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Living baskets are a fantastic way to add a pop of greenery to any space. This video shows how to build a delightful living basket from the ground up, including several accent options to customize each arrangement to fit the specific needs of your clients and customers. 


This project is exceptionally quick and easy. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process step by step. 

Vonda starts with an introduction to the main ingredients that serve as the base for this design: two 6” plants, one 8” plant, and a gorgeous 6”-deep living basket from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These “living baskets” or “European Garden baskets” were designed by Pioneer’s owner especially to hold four 6” pots. Vonda has already prepared this basket for the video demonstration by lining it to prevent leaks and by placing the plants right where they need to go. 

To cover the exposed plant pots, Vonda adds a layer of fluffy Spanish moss. She notes how important it is to remain mindful of what the customer wants to see - the moss contributes to a more finished and professional result, ready for display anywhere, whether the arrangement is destined for a home, tribute, or trade show.

You might notice that it is still possible to see part of the taller pot even after the addition of moss. Vonda covers this with a large ribbon. The ribbon not only hides the taller pot, but also adds a pop of friendly color. This one features warm autumn tones, but you can tailor your own specific design to cater to any season or occasion. 

Vonda adds a few sprigs of botanical curly willow, noting that any increase in height adds to the perception of value and gives any arrangement a greater sense of grandeur. 

Wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale serve as a very important final touch. Vonda uses flowers in a rich butternut hue that easily coordinates with the ribbon, bringing color throughout the entire arrangement for wonderful visual balance. 

Before inserting the silk flowers, Vonda covers each stem with floral tape. This ensures that the wire will not rust into the plants – these permanent botanical flowers are so beautiful that customers are likely to leave them in the arrangement for quite a long time. The tape also keeps the stems from twisting so that they remain right where you want them.

The result is a colorful and well-balanced living basket suitable for any occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for wholesale baskets, wholesale silk plants, wholesale ribbon, and everything you need to create custom arrangements that your customers and clients are sure to love. 

Watch the video here!

Video: How To: Design Living Baskets

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Living baskets serve as versatile decorations for any occasion, but finding the perfect basket isn’t always easy. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI discovers the rectangular willow basket from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is the perfect size to hold up to four plants in 6” pots.  


Vonda uses this basket to walk viewers through the process of creating a gorgeous plant arrangement from start to finish. She starts with the collection of four green plants, placing each one comfortably in the basket. If you were working with fewer or smaller plants, the oval willow basket in the background could serve as a suitable alternative too.

Simply use a small block of foam to boost the height of any plant that might need it. 

Arrange any hanging ivy or foliage to create better balance within the living basket design. Cover visible pots with a small swath of moss – Vonda points out that sheet moss and Spanish moss are attractive options. 

But what about color? Vonda picks a set of bright silk mums from the Pioneer catalog to bring a splash of vivid red to the arrangement, a terrific way to complete the look and add more visual interest. 

The Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide variety of wholesale baskets, silk flowers, and other useful accessories that can take any living plant arrangement to the next level. Explore the website for fabulous ideas and inspiration. 

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Video: Gourmand Terrace Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 04, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together a dynamite collection for your clients who love their travel experiences and treasure the feeling of being abroad. This grouping of foliage and containers will offer them the sense of being on a café terrace overlooking an olive garden or perhaps on the patio sipping wine with the smell of rosemary and lemons in the air.


Wherever they’ve been or want to go, the sense of culinary potages and edible plants are part of it and you’ll find a great selection here. Lush foliage and olive branches combine with rosemary and both lemons and their leaves to create the ambiance they’re seeking.

The Norman metal pots, which come in four sizes, add a bit of the rustic and are perfect for both the olive topiary and the rosemary plants in the collection. You can just imagine a few lined up on a short stone wall, so you may want to display them with that feel for your clientele.

The lemon leaf wreath and garland are lovely in their simplicity and very adaptable to various decorating schemes, as subtle accents or to unify an overall theme.