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Video: Moody Hues Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, August 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Color plays a crucial role toward creating a specific atmosphere for an event. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a line of permanent botanicals perfect for this purpose. The Moody Hues Collection is a bold palette that consists of colors like burgundy, wine, and mauve – rich hues that drip with drama and personality. 
 
In this quick video demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates a small centerpiece arrangement that easily highlights the powerful versatility of the Moody Hues Collection. This straightforward project keeps things simple, basing the design around a single permanent botanical bush containing silk zinnia, silk dahlia, and silk daisy. 

Vonda begins by first clipping each silk bloom from the bush itself. She uses these to make individual insertions into a block of floral foam, hidden within a small metal container. The container’s neutral finish allows the rich red floral tones to take center stage in the design. 

Vonda inserts the larger silk flowers first, creating a collar of voluminous faux florals around the edges. The smaller selections are added last, carefully placed to achieve a pleasant balance of color throughout the composition. Clippings of silk foliage, silk boxwood, and silk olive sprays add additional body to the centerpiece. 

The result offers abundant visual drama – an impressive composition for such a simple construction process. 

You can find these selections from the Moody Hues Collection readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide range of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories. 

Pioneer offers wholesale permanent botanicals in a diverse range of themes and color palettes to suit any occasion – you can depend on Pioneer to provide the perfect pieces to suit even the most specific requests of your clients and customers.

Shop the complete Moody Hues Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWMX3371BUPK - MIXED DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY BUSH x12, 19" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWW3372BUPK - DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY WREATH, 22" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWO2623DKGR - OLIVE SPRAY x3, 30" - DARK GREEN

PWB2031BTGR - BOXWOOD BUSH X9 20"- BEAUTY GREEN

72091-00 - "VOYAGE" METAL POT 5.25 x 5.25"

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Video: Harvest Sunrise Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 23, 2018

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


Explore the Harvest Sunrise Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. 


Vonda begins with an introduction to the distinctive colorway used by this collection – the traditional fall colors of golden orange, cream, and bright flame red. The accompanying containers feature a stripe of muted gold to draw out the elegance of the silk flowers. 


This tutorial uses a single bush containing a mix of silk dahlia, silk anemone, and silk hydrangea along with a few smaller accents. Vonda cuts each individual blossom from the bush and uses them to create two distinct arrangements. 


Vonda begins by placing the large silk dahlias into the center of each container. She alternates between the other types of silk flowers to create an even and balanced composition. 


Silk silver dollar eucalyptus serves as the final addition to these simple arrangements. She carefully inserts each spray to collar the design and add height or extend visual weight where needed.


In the background of the video, you will see the matching wreath that accompanies the Harvest Sunrise Collection. This piece is ready to display as it stands, but Vonda has complemented one side with the silk silver dollar eucalyptus to show how easily this piece takes to customized additions.  


You can find the entire Harvest Sunrise Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide range of other wholesale silk flowers, containers, accessories, and so much more. Pioneer offers everything you need to create gorgeous arrangements for every event or occasion.


Shop the complete Harvest Sunrise Collection here.

Shop products from the video:

PWW3362YLFL – Dahlia, Anemone & Hydrangea Wreath, 22”, Yellow/Flame/Green
PWMX3361YLFL – Mixed Dahlia, Anemone & Hydrangea Bush, x16, 21”, Yellow/Flame/Green
PWE1094GYGR – Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Gray/Green 
94832-10 – “Jovi” Ceramic Pot, 6.25” x 7”, Matte White

94831-10 – “Jovi” Ceramic Pot, 5.25” x 6.25”, Matte White


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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1. EUCALYPTUS GARLAND 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


2. HANGING WISTERIA BRANCH 67" - #PWW2330WH

This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  


3. EUCALYPTUS BUSH 22" - #PWE1096GR

This beautiful eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement.  It is an excellent choice for including greenery in weddings and home decor.


4. BOXWOOD BUSH X6, 12" - #PWB2030GCR

Boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite. Therefore, it's not surprising this beautiful boxwood in green/cream was a top seller last month. This item is also available in natural green.


5. HANGING BOXWOOD X5, 32" - #PWB2033GR

Greenery continues to be a hugely popular wedding trend.  This boxwood is perfect for adding hanging elements to your event.


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. SUNFLOWER BUSH x7, 20" - #PWS2400YL

Who doesn't love sunflowers? This beautiful sunflower bush, available in three colors, has seven stems and is perfect for creating a summer or fall centerpiece.



8. RECTANGULAR WILLOW BASKET SET OF 3 - #2003UP

Set of 3 rectangular willow baskets often used for gift baskets.


9. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID STEM 33" - #PWO1107WH

This elegant orchid is often used for weddings and is available in three colors (white, burgundy and purple), but white was the best-selling color in June.


10. EUCALYPTUS WREATH 24" - #PWW1097GR

This eucalyptus wreath adds a rich, vibrant green to any wall or door.


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: 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. 

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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.