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Video: Design Demo: Let's Get Tropical

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Tropicals are hotter than ever right now! Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has listened to the needs of floral designers to provide wholesale permanent botanicals that can transform the way they approach tropical arrangements. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a small selection of artificial tropical leaves from the Pioneer catalog with this quick video demonstration. 

The biggest current trend is simple drop-in designs – incredibly simple yet super stylish. You can see these all over the pages of shelter magazines, so it makes sense to have a few on the shelves for your customers.

Vonda begins with her personal favorite, fatsia, taking some time to note how realistic and true-to-life this permanent botanical looks. She pairs it with the beautiful “Reveal” vase, bending the stem for more accurate placement within the container. 

Next, Vonda repeats the process with a dramatic fan palm spray and a cobalt blue glass vase filled with decorative pebbles to balance the weight of the piece. The combination looks stunning! 

These simple drop-ins are sure to capture attention. Explore the rest of the tropical line from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, along with the wide selection of wholesale containers, to create innovative pairings your customers will fall in love with.

Shop products from the video:
HSP124GR Fan Palm Spray 28”, Green (sold out)
PSF732GR Fatsia Leaf Spray 19”, Green
35003-00 Cobalt Glass Vase 3x7.25”, Cobalt Blue
35334-00 “Reveal” Vase 4.5x6”, Seafoam

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Video: Protea Design

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

Protea is booming in popularity and many in the floral design industry are taking notice. The growth of this market is a success story worth following – even consumers are asking for it by name. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale makes it easy to embrace this trend with a gorgeous permanent botanical protea option you can start using in your bouquets and arrangements right away.

The wholesale silk protea available from Pioneer boasts lifelike petals, bold foliage, and realistically detailed stems. There are so many ways to use this eye-catching selection. This quick video shows just one technique as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

This design uses the silk protea spray with 26” stem along with silk lacy fern bush and artificial berry stems – all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This arrangement will be placed in a gorgeous urn with an aged bronze finish that really pulls the pink and green tones together. 

Vonda begins by using snips to trim the silk protea stem down to fit the container. She creates a collar of artificial berries around the silk protea, spacing the bunches evenly for attractive balance. The artificial lacy fern bush serves as the final addition. Vonda places these with a sweeping horizontal distribution for a dramatic sense of movement. 

Once the elements are loosely arranged, Vonda takes a moment to snip the stems for even length. She then takes a length of floral twine to bind the arrangement together. Vonda places the completed composition in the urn – and the result is a gorgeous silk protea arrangement that can be used as a tall centerpiece or accent just about anywhere. 

You can find wholesale silk protea, artificial berries, and silk lacy fern bush all available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Use these elements to bulk up your permanent botanical toolbox to stay ready for any trend that comes your way.

Shop products from the video:
95200-00 “Mandalay” Urn 5x12”, Aged Bronze
FSP376PK Protea Spray 26”, Pink
PWS2641GR Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green
PWB2241GCR Berry Stem 25”, Green/Cream

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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.

Video: Step Up Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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


In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a few new additions to the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale product line. The versatile Step Up Collection is a premium line of wholesale silk flowers, featuring top-quality materials and larger, more dramatic, blooms. 


Vonda begins her introduction to the Step Up Collection by highlighting two of the most popular silk flowers for weddings - hydrangea and peony - and explains how these pieces stand out from the standard models. 

First, the video makes it easy to see the impressive size of these blooms. The silk peony features a diameter of 5 inches, while the hydrangea measures up at a spectacular 6.5-inch diameter. 

The wholesale silk flowers in the Step Up Collection also stand apart thanks to their premium materials and incredible level of realistic detail. It’s impossible to overlook these luscious full-bodied blooms in any setting. 

Every piece of the Step Up Collection is sure to capture immediate attention at your next bridal show, trade show, or seasonal event. Your customers and clients are sure to appreciate the visual effect of these statement pieces, and how they can elevate and complement other collections so easily. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the full Step Up Collection – including the wide range of colors – as well as other wholesale silk flowers, accessories, and everything you need to impress your customers by staying “a step above the rest."

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Video: How To: Design with Seaside Cafe Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 12, 2018

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


Inspiration for this arrangement comes from the south of France – enjoying beautiful weather outside of a café, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. 


Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a permanent botanical composition that embodies this aesthetic using pieces from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale Seaside Café Collection. Soft colors like light pink blush, pale latte, and warm custard tones give this palette a nostalgic and welcoming personality. 

A pair of two Bryant pots serve as a base for this design. Both pots are filled with blocks of floral foam to provide support for the permanent botanicals to be added later. By attaching adhesive to the bottom of the smaller pot, she creates a sturdy stacked design for an interesting layered effect. 

For this project, Vonda uses wholesale silk flowers including hydrangea and rose bush cuttings, along with silk ivy vines. She inserts the darker roses into the top of the container and begins adding lighter silk flowers around the edges. A few pops of pale custard-yellow flowers take their place as accents in between. 

Next, Vonda moves on to the bottom container, starting with darker silk foliage. When inserting the longer ivy vines, she makes sure they carry their volume over the edge of the container for a full and elegant appearance. She inserts a few of the larger silk blossoms into this bottom container for a fabulous sense of balance. 

The result is a handsome permanent botanical arrangement appropriate for use in a variety of spaces during any season. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for more wholesale silk flowers, containers, and everything you need to create gorgeous arrangements just like this one. 

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Prom Success Series - Part #7 - The Post Prom

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
We hope you enjoy Part #7 of our 2018 Prom Success Series!

Video: The Sydney Eucalyptus Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, March 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its versatile aesthetic and wide variety of decorative applications, the gorgeous Sydney Eucalyptus Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale continues to grow in popularity. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a closer look at this stunning silk foliage and demonstrates a few creative ways to use it. 


Vonda begins by highlighting the brilliant depth and coloration of the artificial Sydney eucalyptus sprigs. This subdued bluish green is a highly sought-after color for weddings but remains a versatile option for everyday display as well. 

Pioneer’s eucalyptus from the Sydney Collection features intricate detailing that instantly elevates any arrangement.  

Next, Vonda uses a garland of eucalyptus to create a quick impromptu table runner. This selection is beautiful on its own but could just as easily accommodate other accessories or additions as well, as Vonda demonstrates with ribbon and silk flowers. 

The small bouquet itself serves as another splendid example of the way artificial eucalyptus can add color and detail to any type of floral composition. 

Silk eucalyptus from Pioneer’s Sydney Collection is an exceptionally useful item for wedding season, for use in table runners or bouquets, but the possibilities are truly endless. Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more fresh ideas for your wholesale greenery needs.


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Prom Success Series - Part #6 - Make it Special

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 29, 2018

We hope you enjoy Part #6 of our 2018 Prom Success Series!

Complementary Ribbon Chart for 2018 Prom & Bridal Colors

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 22, 2018
We are sure you will find this Ribbon Chart very helpful when ordering for proms and weddings this year! 
To see the full version and to download a PDF copy, click HERE.


Prom Success Series - Part #5 - Reaching the Girls at the School

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

We hope you enjoy Part #5 of our 2018 Prom Success Series.