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Video: Succulent Design in Elephant Planter

Amy Lombardo - Monday, November 11, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, floral designer Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a few moments to discuss the enduring succulent trend. Tom begins by mentioning its widespread effect – open any type of shelter magazine or interior design magazine, and you are sure to find succulents somewhere in the pages. Succulents are even holding strong in wedding work! 

Tom cautions that fresh is a limited medium in this regard. That extra TLC factor has an immediate effect on the bottom line without providing much aesthetic benefit over the quality permanent botanical options available today.

Keeping this in mind, Tom creates a playful demonstration arrangement using wholesale artificial succulents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

He starts with a charming elephant container, also available from Pioneer. Tom mentions that this lighthearted selection holds a fun millennial type of millennial aesthetic – a fitting choice considering how strongly succulent designs appeal to the millennial market in general. 

Tom prepares the container with a small block of dry floral foam. His first insertion is the artificial ruffled succulent pick in burgundy and green. He trims a pair of picks and places them to one side of the container. 

Next, Tom adds the artificial pencil succulent in muted green gray. This handsome pick fills out the center with tremendous volume. 

You will notice that Tom’s choices encompass a range of textures, shapes, and color. Just like with any other permanent botanical arrangement, artificial succulent designs require just as much attention to grouping and variation to create compositions that really pop. 

Artificial rosette picks are next, carrying the burgundy palette over to the other side of the container for balance. Tom adds a dash of bright green artificial echeveria as the final addition – a standout selection he tucks into the back. 

The result really brings the gold elephant container to life. 

You can find each of the wholesale artificial succulents used in this demonstration available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. With the succulent trend holding strong, it pays to be prepared for that next customer or client who can’t get enough of these fascinating selections. 

Shop products from the video:
PWS2643BUGR Ruffled Succulent Pick, 6”, Dia.: 4.5”, Burgundy/Green
PWS1612BU Rosette Succulent Pick, x5, 7”, Dia.: 1”, Burgundy
PWS1065GR Echeveria Pick, 6”, Dia.: 3.75”, Green
CC7334GRGY Pencil Succulent Pick, 7.5”, Dia.: 7”, Green/Gray
75200-00 “Ezzie” Elephant Pot, 8.25x4.25”, Gold

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Video: Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus

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

Are you looking for an artificial foliage option that offers a unique sense of variation? In this video, Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces a spectacular silk eucalyptus sure to inspire fresh ideas for your project. 

Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus is a brilliantly detailed silk eucalyptus product available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Tom takes a moment to walk through a few of the features that really set this permanent botanical apart from the rest. 

Tom describes the reasons he admires this collection. He begins with the wreath, applauding its fantastic shape and sense of detail. The seeds really make this silk eucalyptus wreath stand out – adding so much texture and depth for impactful visual interest. And as Tom points out, those who look closely can even see a fine “frost” of mica. 

This iced effect is even more pronounced after Tom adjusts the positioning of the silk foliage. Tom notes how important it is to take the time to really open and adjust materials after they come out of the package – a smart way to double the volume of wholesale silk foliage to get twice the value for the money.

Next, Tom moves on to the Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus Bush. This silk eucalyptus bush can be placed into a small container as it stands, or the twelve stems can be separated for individual use. Tom describes this as another way to get the most value from a selection, making it easier to adjust your budget according to how many projects you can complete with just one artificial bush.

One feature Tom really likes about this artificial eucalyptus bush is the adjustability of the silk foliage. If you need the leaves closer to the top you can slide them up. Or if you want to create negative space, you can customize the silk leaves as desired. 

You can find both options – the foliage and the wreath – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let the Adelaide Iced Eucalyptus collection bring another dimension of texture and color to your next permanent botanical arrangement.

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PWE4150GR Adelaide "Iced" Eucalyptus Bush, x12, 22", Green
PWW4151GR Adelaide "Iced" Eucalyptus Wreath, 24", Leaves: 3-4", Green

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Video: Grand Manor Collection - Centerpieces

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

In this video, Tom Bowling introduces a grand permanent botanical centerpiece concept that offers versatile functionality – especially for event work. Elevated centerpieces provide several distinct benefits worth considering for your next project.

The example centerpiece Tom shows off here is inspired by the Grand Manor Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

One of the first things you might notice about this centerpiece is how rich and elegant the colors are – the antique pink of the silk wisteria, the muted green of the artificial eucalyptus, the deep burgundy of the silk small petal hydrangea. These beautiful Grand Manor permanent botanicals are a fantastic complement to the brass stand that supports them. 

Tom goes on to explain a little bit more about the stand, a tall candelabra. To create this centerpiece, Tom attached a Pioneer Imports & Wholesale wreath (silk rose, silk dahlia, and silk peony) to the arms of the candelabra with a few short lengths of wire, then built up from there.

This gives the centerpiece an elevated and suspended look. Tom takes a moment to describe why this elevated approach is so useful. 

First, Tom mentions one of the most common complaints about centerpieces at events – the flowers sometimes get in the way of conversation. Elevated permanent botanical centerpieces like this one keeps that "conversation level" of the table clear and open so guests can communicate, while still offering the beauty of an impressive centerpiece overhead. 

Other types of events can benefit from this technique as well. Tom describes buffets as one example. In this situation, the silk flowers are set right at eye level while leaving the table below clear and open. 

You can find the permanent botanical supplies used in this example centerpiece available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – from the Grand Manor Collection silk flowers and incredible wholesale wreath to a variety of other options in a diverse array of versatile colorways. 

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

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PWW3421PUPK Rose, Dahlia & Peony Wreath, 22", Flower Dia.: 2-4", Purple/Pink
PWW2322ATPK Wisteria Bush, x9, 19", Antique Pink
PWG3107CR Pampas Grass Bush, x5, 35", Cream
PWE1096GR Eucalyptus Bush, x8, 22", Green
PWH2139BU Small Petal Hydrangea Bush, x5, 20", Flower Dia.: 6", Burgundy

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Video: Product Spotlight - Hydrangea Stems

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You can barely open a shelter magazine, or even Pinterest, without seeing the presence of beautiful bountiful hydrangea. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI notes how this is one of those all-time favorite flowers in home decor and especially in event work. In this quick video, Tom takes a moment to introduce a selection of silk hydrangea products available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale and explains how these permanent botanicals can simplify so many of those big events for floral designers. 

Of course, as Tom points out, fresh hydrangea is especially susceptible to wilting. This is even more true when it comes to certain outdoor venues and lengthy all-day events – for example, when a bride wants to be photographed early in the day when the event is scheduled much later. 

Tom mentions the versatility of wholesale silk hydrangea in these types of situations. Many brides may be open to the idea of combining fresh and silk hydrangea to create arrangements that continue looking fresh and delightful all through the event. 

On the table are several types of wholesale silk hydrangea and Tom takes a moment to introduce each one. He points out the lovely soft color palette of the first group. The light pinks, pale blues, and gentle greens – something that will appeal to every bride.  

On the other side of the table is the larger silk hydrangea available from Pioneer. Tom describes these as great not just for bouquets, but also for decoration around a reception venue and other locations. Working these permanent botanicals into venue decoration allows professionals to do some of the work far in advance without ever having to worry about the hydrangeas crashing or wilting in the meantime. 

You can find the silk hydrangeas highlighted in this video available directly from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with so many other permanent botanical products that can streamline your events in style. 

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PWH2707CR Hydrangea Stem, 27", Flower Dia.: 7", Cream
PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem w/Small Petals, 19", Flower Dia.: 6", Cream/Green, Light Blue, Pink

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Video: Philo Branch Tablescape

Amy Lombardo - Monday, October 28, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for fresh ways to use those large, overstated artificial foliage options that seem to be booming in popularity? 

In this quick video, Tom Bowling introduces a fantastic design created by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. This tablescape was built using just one artificial philo branch from the It's A Jungle Here collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Tom shows an unadorned branch sample so you can see just how big and substantial Pioneer's philo really is. It provides a fantastic core for tablescape designs like this because it has that strong central spine going down the middle, a great foundation to build on.

To add additional materials like the finished tablescape shown here, Tom suggests simply binding them in place using bind wire or tape wire. Layering product on product creates that stunning presentation for a big visual impact. 

This type of permanent botanical arrangement isn't just great for tablescapes. Tom mentions that you can also hang these on a wall, perhaps to enhance existing sconces. He also suggests using this composition to decorate those central columns that can prove somewhat obtrusive in larger venues. 

But as a tablescape, Tom offers a suggestion to take this design to the next level. He suggests candlelight – that warm glow immediately bringing life to a room.

With such a large arrangement, proportion is an immediate consideration. Tom suggests using a combination of larger and smaller candle votives, rather than settling with the uniform options typically provided by a hotel or venue. The careful attention to proportion and variation can create an especially magnificent finish. 

You can find the permanent botanical supplies used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – the artificial selloum philo branch, the premium silk English rose, the wholesale silk phalaenopsis, and so much more. 
 
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PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52", Green
80307 Premium English Rose Stem, 20", Flower Dia.: 4.5", Beauty, Salmon, White
PWO1111DKPU Phalaenopsis Orchid Stem, 29", Flower Dia. 3-4", Dark Purple

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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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Video: Moroccan Market Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Looking for a permanent botanical collection that really captures a sense of adventure? Imagine for a moment the bustling bazaars of Morocco – the vibrant patterns that dance across traditional woven wares, the tantalizing aromas of colorful spices, the sounds of bargain-making over vibrant housewares. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale drew inspiration from scenes like this to create the exciting Moroccan Market Collection. This range consists of silk flowers, artificial succulents, and wholesale silk foliage all in a gorgeous range of hues you would find along the souks of wondrous cities like Fez and Marrakech. 

This video demonstration shows Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creating a simple arrangement with pieces from the Moroccan Market Collection.  Vonda begins with the simple beige Astrid pot, a nice neutral base sure to let the colors of the permanent botanicals really pop. 

Bright and lifelike artificial lemon leaf serves as the first addition. Vonda inserts each individual piece to create an initial well-balanced volume ready to build upon. Silk cabbage rose in pink sangria comes next – just two pieces make a tremendous impression on their own. 

Next comes silk hydrangea in breathtaking peacock blue, followed by silk hydrangea in the pumpkin spice colorway. She inserts each new selection in bold blocks of color. Realistic artificial echeveria succulents are the final addition. These she intersperses throughout, effectively softening the profile and bringing depth to the green of the silk foliage. 

The result is beautiful! Within just a few minutes, Vonda was able to create a display-worthy arrangement using pieces from the Moroccan Market Collection – and you can too! 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to build up your toolbox with these fabulous selections. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage and succulents, and a diverse variety of wholesale containers ready to bring that Moroccan aesthetic to your next project. 

Shop the complete Moroccan Market Collection here. 

DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box

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