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Video: Olive Grove Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a permanent botanical option sure to stand out from the rest? In this video, Tom Bowling introduces the beautiful Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These permanent botanical olive options are available in three styles – tree, topiary, and spray. Tom takes a few moments to explain how you can use all three of these in a single arrangement, taking inspiration from the bountiful farm-to-table theme so popular today.

You may have noticed that events are moving more toward the use of long tables instead of multiple round tables. This opens the possibility for creative runner ideas, a perfect fit for abundant farm-to-table themes. 

Tom explains how these artificial olive products from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale can become part of a dramatic runner. By using a mix of the taller artificial olive trees and the shorter artificial olive topiaries, you can create a runner that keeps the eye flowing across the entire arrangement. He also mentions the spray format and shows how you can bend back the stems to create a runner base from its silk foliage.

Tom points out a unique feature of the topiary and tree options. Each one comes pre-potted, providing weight and stability for versatile display. These can be dropped into the wholesale containers of your choice for an instant upsell or to customize the look to suit the theme of an event. 

So next time you are considering a farm-to-table look for your next event, consider the Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Shop the complete Olive Grove Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWOT2622DKGR Olive Topiary w/Pot, 19”, 4” Black Plastic Pot, Green
PWOT35 Olive Tree w/Pot, 35”, w/216 Leaves and 27 Olives, Green
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray, x3, 30”, Green

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Video: Vanilla Dream Design

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Monobotanical arrangements an especially popular look right now. Monobotanical refers to arrangements that use just one type of silk flower, a straightforward look that offers a surprising amount of flexibility.

In this video, talented designer Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates an inspiring monobotanical arrangement to show just how gorgeous this style can be. His choice of permanent botanical for this demonstration is a selection of wholesale silk cabbage rose from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, using just two colorways from the tremendous spectrum available within the catalog.

Tom will also be working a touch of silk foliage into the design. His selections are silk silver dollar eucalyptus and intricate artificial maidenhair fern, both wholesale foliage options from Pioneer. 

The base for this design is the elegant “Mallory” glass compote in silver, prepared before the video with a block of dry floral foam. Tom begins by styling the perimeter with the artificial fern, working his way from one side of the compote to the other.

You may notice that he hadn’t added any moss or other cover to conceal the floral foam. He begins that step next, working the moss around the outside. He uses only the most sparing amount to keep the composition looking nice and clean.

Next, Tom changes up the texture with silk eucalyptus. He describes his technique for creating a more natural look, manipulating each piece into a more lifelike position after insertion.  

After creating a sweeping line across the composition with the artificial eucalyptus, Tom begins to add the silk cabbage rose. He draws special attention to the vanilla dream coloration, a nice warm option with a soft and friendly look. 

Tom offers a few tips about the silk cabbage rose foliage. Sometimes he gently slides the foliage upward along the stem for prominence, and other times he removes it. He saves this silk foliage for later compositions – a smart way to stretch a supplies budget and prevent material waste. Another way he stretches his budget is using bush-format products rather than individual stems.

Silk cabbage rose in the chalk colorway is the next addition. Tom places these with careful attention to depth, making sure to preserve negative space. He comes back and fills in the design with more silk foliage, using the lacy maidenhair fern to balance out the heavier greens. 

The result is a small and compact colonial design that would look great anywhere. Tom notes that you could easily transform this into an oblong shape – perhaps for a dramatic centerpiece – by taking some of the longer silk foliage placements to the outside edge. 

This composition came together in just minutes, showing just how brilliantly simple monobotanical arrangements can be. 

You can find all the supplies used in this demonstration available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the rest of the fascinating silk cabbage rose colorations, or branch out and browse hundreds of other silk flower and foliage options for your next monobotanical creation.

Shop products from the video:
PWR2090CHK Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Chalk
PWR2090VADR Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Vanilla Dream
PWE1094GYGR Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green
PWMH1312GYGR Hanging Maidenhair Fern, x5, 33”, Gray/Green
35350-50 “Mallory” Glass Compote, 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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Video: How To: Design an Arrangement for Fall

Amy Lombardo - Friday, September 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Autumn is approaching and that means it’s time to start getting equipped with those seasonal permanent botanical essentials for those festive fall arrangements. 

Fall is a wonderful time of the year when the seasons change – and the color palettes along with them. In this video, Tom Bowling uses permanent botanical supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous arrangement using the dramatic colors and textures of fall. Follow along to create your own take on this fantastic accent to help your customers and clients into that autumn spirit.

The best part? This arrangement only requires a small variety of components. From simple and straightforward permanent botanicals comes an eye-catching result everyone will love.

Tom builds this arrangement within the elevated “Bam” bamboo basket. He notes that those who keep up with the interior and shelter magazines will have noticed these charming handcrafted baskets coming back into vogue. This one has been prepared with dry floral foam bricks and a perimeter of moss along the outside.

Wholesale wheat clusters are the first addition. Tom lays these in place, then pins them down for security. 

You will notice that when attaching certain pieces, Tom uses discarded pieces of stem from previous projects. This eliminates the need to cut a bunch of individual wires and makes it easier to create more compositions in a timely manner. 

Next, Tom begins to add selections of beautiful silk fern – the Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush from Pioneer. He makes sure these initial insertions drop over the edge to create an elegant “spill” aesthetic, taking advantage of the extra height this raised container provides. 

This spill invokes feelings of abundance. As a harvest season, this abundance is what that fall look is all about. 

He creates a short overhang of silk fern on one side and a long graceful spill on the other. He takes care to bring shorter pieces through the center to draw the eye across the entire arrangement, touching each component. 

Tom notes that texture of this wholesale silk fern selection is great, but in certain cases such a variety of complex shapes may begin to look a little busy. The silk sunflowers he adds in the next step helps provide a simple counterbalance for a nice even look. 

The wholesale silk sunflowers he uses next have tall strong stems, giving the arrangement a touch of exaggerated height. He points out that he is making these insertions in groups – this smart technique makes a stronger and bolder impression with whatever kind of component you happen to be using.

With sunflowers, Tom makes mention that each one has a “face”. When those faces are facing directly toward the viewer, it can cause the eye to stop and settle on that unique focal point. This is the reason he bends the stem of each silk sunflower so that the face is pointing upward. This keeps the eye moving across the piece so viewers can take in the entire composition to full effect.

Silk maple leaves, the next addition, serve as a fantastic color interest. Tom takes advantage of the longer stems to continue building height and then begins filling in any gaps in the arrangement.

And finally – nothing says fall quite like little pumpkins. Tom uses the wholesale artificial pumpkin assortment from Pioneer and begins decorating the composition with these charming little additions. While you can wire these in place if needed, Tom repurposes the trimmed-off portions of stems from this arrangement to create little stakes to hold each artificial pumpkin in place. 

This autumn permanent botanical arrangement is a breathtaking piece for fall events, interior design projects, window displays, and so much more – a quick way to get your customers and clients into the seasonal spirit. 

You can find each of the components used here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, everything you need to create arrangements for every season. 

Shop products from the video:
PWW3375CR Wheat Stem Bundle, x13, 21”, Cream
52147OG Pumpkin Assortment, x4, Dia.: 3.5”, Orange
PWS2412YL Sunflower Bush, x7, 17”, Flower Dia.: 4.5”, Yellow
PWM3051OGMX Maple Bush, x7, 20”, Orange Mix
PWWF3433YOG Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush, x5, 35”, Yellow/Orange
79181-00 “Bam” Bamboo Basket, 14.75x27.75”, Brown

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Video: Calm Seas Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Create permanent botanical arrangements that sweep your customers far away from the worries of the everyday world with the Calm Seas Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Follow along as Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a hand-tied bouquet inspired by the aquatic hues of fresh nautical landscapes. With just a few simple selections from the Calm Seas Collection, you can recreate the design demonstrated here within minutes.

Vonda begins with long sprays of artificial eucalyptus. She arranges these with a dramatic horizontal sweeping motion, immediately creating a sense of movement within the bouquet. Next, she adds small bunches of artificial berries along with a dash of artificial echeveria succulents – these additions offer an extraordinary boost to the texture profile of any bouquet. 

Silk hydrangea in pale French blue anchors the center of the composition, immediately drawing the eye like a bright beacon at sea. Vonda then arranges wholesale silk anemone in dazzling dark lapis and navy silk ranunculus around the edges. This gradient from light to dark deepens the perceived depth of this piece for a dynamic effect.

To round out the bouquet, Vonda creates a collar around the base using the large artificial philo and fatsia foliage selections. The result is a lovely bouquet with strong lines that flow like gentle waves, a palette of blues that could paint the most peaceful seaside afternoon.

If you’ve been looking to expand your selection of blue permanent botanical products – for everyday arrangements or special coastal themes – you might want to give the Calm Seas Collection a try. You can find the silk flowers and artificial foliage used here within the Calm Seas Collection readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Shop the complete Calm Seas Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWA2220DKLP Anemone Bush x8, 17.5”, Dark Lapis
PWR1010NV Ranunculus Bush x8, 17”, Navy
PWH2085FRBL Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, French Blue
PWMX2702DKGR Mixed Eucalyptus/Lamb’s Ear/Berries Bush, 21”
PWE1091BL Eucalyptus Bush x11, 19”, Blue
PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52”, Green
CE1325GYGR Echeveria Pick x3, 8”, Gray/Green
PSF732GR Fatsia Leaf Spray, 19”, Green

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