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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: 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.

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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. 

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Video: Autumnal Accents Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, August 19, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Building a versatile stock of permanent botanicals for autumn is about to get even easier with the Autumnal Accents Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Upon seeing these rich seasonal colors, you can almost taste the hot apple cider and hear the leaves crunching beneath your feet. 

In this quick demonstration video, watch as Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates two matching arrangements using permanent botanical selections from the Autumnal Accents Collection. These centerpieces are built in two sizes of the modern “Editor” pot in gold – a fantastic option for sophisticated fall styles. 

Vonda begins with artificial foliage to establish a strong and alluring sense of texture. She uses silk fern bush in brown, building up volume in each of the containers. Artificial saw & heather fern in a lighter green adds a touch of contrast. 

Next, Vonda begins adding wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer, starting with the larger container. She inserts yellow gold silk hydrangea first. The next additions, silk dahlia, are from the pumpkin spice colorway – perfect for the autumn season. Vonda then works in sections to create attractive color blocks with silk peony in pure red. 

Vonda repeats this process within the smaller container, but on a smaller scale. She keeps this one simple with silk peony in pure red and bold silk cabbage rose in pumpkin spice. 

The results are bright and cheerful – a breath of fresh air for autumn. You can find the floral design elements used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Start building up your stock of permanent botanicals for the upcoming fall season now to get in on the latest trends available from Pioneer. 

Shop the complete Autumnal Accents Collection here.

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Video: Jewel Tones Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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


Jewel tones are back! These rich deep colors can set your permanent botanical arrangements apart from the rest – impossible to ignore, yet tasteful enough to fit any type of event. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates an example arrangement to inspire you, using gorgeous silk flowers and foliage you can find readily available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. She begins with the gorgeous Mirage pot prepared with floral foam, its rim featuring the perfect colors to tie the deep jewel tones together.

The first addition is stunning silk delphinium in a bold deep amethyst color. These start the arrangement with impressive height – foreshadowing how grand this composition will be. Next, she adds a touch of realistic artificial blueberries for fascinating texture variation. 

Elegant artificial foliage comes next, the wholesale silk maidenhair fern from Pioneer. Silk sweet pea in yellow gold joins the party to bring a big splash of bright color, an important component in creating brilliant contrast with the pieces that come next.

You’ll notice Vonda adding a few touches of deep amethyst silk ranunculus next, a classic favorite with a sophisticated twist. Artificial olive branch bulks up the design a bit more – a fantastic height match for the silk delphinium added earlier. Peacock blue silk hydrangea draws the eye toward a corner of the design. 

The final addition is silk anemone in a brilliant red garnet color, a choice that stands out from the peacock turquoise and yellow gold. This creates a base palette that interprets the primaries through the lens of unforgettable jewel tones. 

In its final form, this permanent botanical arrangement tutorial results in a dramatic and grand design, with strong lines that form a sweeping motion almost like a quarter moon. This distinctive shape has a secondary advantage as well – allowing the rim of the Mirage container to peek through, accenting the jewel tones within the arrangement.

Bolster your permanent botanical toolkit with vibrant jewel tones from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale silk flowers, containers, and artificial botanicals in the incredible jewel tones you see here, along with a powerful variety of other palettes to suit your next event or product line.  

Shop the complete Jewel Tones Collection here.

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PWD2205DPAM Delphinium Bush x5, 24”, Deep Amethyst
PWR1050DPAM Ranunculus Bush x9, 18.5”, Deep Amethyst
PWH2085PCK Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, Peacock
PWS2613YLGD Sweet Pea Bush x4, 20.5”, Yellow Gold
PWA2220GT Anemone Bush x8, 17.5”, Garnet
PWB3109BL Blueberry Bush, 15”, Blue
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray x3, 30”, Dark Green
PWMH1311GR Maidenhair Fern Bush x9, 19.5”, Green
98931-00 “Mirage” Pot, 5.25”, Black Galaxy

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


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Video: Refined Vintage Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, August 05, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You may know the phrase – “What’s old is new again!” Retro styles always find their way back into the spotlight when it comes to floral design trends. 

The Refined Vintage collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale breathes new life into yesterday’s most beloved looks. This permanent botanical collection takes a range of memorable vintage favorites and gives them a modern update for today’s customers. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates the potential of this collection by creating a gorgeous centerpiece for this quick video. She uses a selection of fantastic pieces from the Refined Vintage collection – showing how elements that were all the rage decades ago can feel fresh and new again. 

She begins with the Kate urn from Pioneer, a nice piece in a light shade of vintage sage green. This piece has already been prepared with a block of premium floral foam within. 

Next, Vonda introduces one of the stars of this collection. Those who have been in the business for a while surely remember when pampas grass would find its way into seemingly every floral arrangement. And now it’s back! Pioneer’s artificial pampas grass brings a trendy twist to this mainstay of eras past. 

Vonda trims the plumes away from the artificial grass portion, inserting the tall green spikes into the center of the floral foam. This gives the arrangement striking body and volume right from the very first insertion. Next, she adds graceful selections of artificial dusty miller and eucalyptus – setting the stage for the pastel hued insertions that come next.

Beautiful silk hydrangea in a buttery parchment colorway are the first addition, then Vonda follows up with silk peony in classic sage and silk cabbage rose in vintage pink. Vonda inserts the silk pampas grass plumes last, giving them equal distribution within the artificial grass.

If you have never used these artificial grasses in the past, Vonda offers a useful tip to finish the design. She uses the back of a knife to gently curl the tips – eliminating just enough stiffness to give them a natural look.

The result is wonderful! This accent piece takes retro favorites and makes them feel perfectly fresh and modern. You can find all the elements used in this video demonstration available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the catalog to find vintage-inspired wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage, and incredible statement-making accents like the wholesale artificial pampas grass you see here. 

Shop the complete Refined Vintage Collection here.

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PWR2090VTPK Cabbage Rose x9, 19”, Vintage Pink
PWH2085TPAR Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, True Parchment
PWP2200CSG Peony Bush x7, 19”, Classic Sage
PWG3106PUGR Pampas Grass, 28”, Purple/Green
PWDM2741FSG Dusty Miller Bush x9, 20”, Frosted Sage
13303PKGR Eucalyptus Bush, 19”, Pink/Green
91631-00 “Kate” Urn, 4.75x5.25”, Light Green Speckled
DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box

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Video: Banana Leaf Stem

Amy Lombardo - Friday, August 02, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD highlights a different kind of permanent botanical arrangement in this quick video tutorial – stepping away from the small petite arrangements and instead creating a large showstopping statement piece. 

This tutorial is great for those moments when you encounter an especially large type of silk foliage, like the impressive artificial banana leaf from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This artificial banana leaf arrangement makes a dramatic impression, great for parties and events that call for something a little extra. 

Vonda begins with a block of floral foam placed in a wholesale container from Pioneer, the “Lita” metal compote in gold. She takes the tremendous 41” artificial banana leaf stem and cuts it in half through the middle. She places the halves into either side of the foam, creating the illusion that the stem passes right through it. She repeats the process with the second stem. 

Next, Vonda begins adding “dinner plate” silk dahlia in vintage pink. These oversized silk blooms are a fantastic complement to the scale of the artificial banana leaf. She arranges these in a sort of diagonal line, creating another angle of sweeping movement through the composition. 

Silk small petal hydrangea are the next addition. Vonda uses two colorways, burgundy and dual tone pink. These wholesale silk hydrangeas are exceptionally versatile – you can cut away smaller sections for petite compositions or use the voluminous bush sections to complement large arrangements like this one. 

Now all that’s left are the finishing touches. Vonda adds silk dusty miller spray cuttings throughout the piece for a natural organic look.

As you can see, creating visual balance is the biggest challenge with using permanent botanicals as large as the artificial banana leaf. Vonda has tackled this with smart counterbalancing techniques, ensuring each element builds on the visual weight of the next. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find these large artificial banana leaves and so much more. Not only does Pioneer offer wholesale silk flower favorites you can use every day, they also offer specialties to help you break out of your comfort zone and make your arrangements stand out from the competition.

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PWBL11 Banana Leaf Stem, 41”, Green
PWD1135VTPK “Dinner Plate” Dahlia Bush x5, 20”, Vintage Pink
PWH2139 Small Petal Hydrangea Bush x5, 20”, Burgundy and Two-Tone Pink
PWDM1142GR Dusty Miller Spray, 22”, Green
72010-00 “Lita” Metal Compote, 8x5.5”, Gold

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Video: Ashley Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Wholesale premade bouquets are an important staple in any floral design toolbox. Not only are they cost-effective, but they also help cut down on the amount of time spent preparing and arranging supplies for common permanent botanical projects. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces an ever-popular premade silk bouquet in this quick video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The lovely Ashley Rose Bouquet is a silk rose bouquet composed of seven detailed heads, each one about four inches in diameter. This piece is a fantastic value – and Vonda demonstrates just how versatile it can be.

This quick tutorial starts with the Ashley Rose Bouquet in a lovely nude color, easy to coordinate for any occasion. Vonda spices it up with a few simple additions to take it to the next level.

The first accent is silk dusty miller in a soft pastel green. Vonda trims away individual pieces, arranging them around the bouquet like a voluminous collar. She then wraps the stems togethers with floral tape. A wide satin ribbon covers the tape, and a sheer pink ribbon completes the look. Vonda uses floral glue to add tiny pink accents of silk hydrangea throughout the bouquet for even more character.

Beautiful light pastels make this silk bouquet ideal for a range of occasions, from prom to weddings and more. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own unique spin on the Ashley Rose Bouquet from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – this design can bring your ideas to life!  

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#30399 “Ashley” Rose Bouquet x 7, 12, Nude
#PWDM1142GR Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
#PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem 19”, Light Blue & Pink


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Video: High Energy Collection

Amy Lombardo - Friday, April 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking to energize your permanent botanical arrangements? Look no further than the High Energy Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! This collection of wholesale silk flowers spans a range of vibrant hues, perfect for products and occasions that call for a splash of color. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI showcases a selection of the High Energy Collection in this video – bright orange, playful pink, and an electric aqua. She creates a small sample arrangement to show how exciting these colors look when paired together. 

The tri-color Modani ceramic pot from Pioneer serves as a base for this design. Vonda has already taken the time to outfit the container with a block of floral foam to hold the stem insertions upright.

Vonda begins by inserting tall cuttings of silk eucalyptus – the subdued dark blue color adds height without distracting from the rest of the composition. Next, she adds a grouping of silk hydrangea in bright French pink. This passionate color is applicable to a wide variety of themes and occasions, sure to become a favorite that you will reach for again and again.

Artificial berries create a cool waterfall effect hanging over the edge of the container. For this arrangement, Vonda has chosen a wholesale artificial berry spray in rich mauve that transitions to a fresh light green.

The final additions are silk gerbera daisies in vivid orange and silk ranunculus in aqua. She places these together in loose groups for a striking color-block effect. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to see more of the High Energy Collection – bright silk flowers that look incredible on their own or paired together. Pioneer also offers a wide range of wholesale containers, artificial foliage, and unique accessories to help you set your permanent botanical arrangements apart from the rest.

Shop the complete High Energy Collection here.

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