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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.

Shop products from the video:
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: Grand Manor Collection

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, August 01, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for sophisticated autumn color palettes for your seasonal permanent botanical arrangements? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces the Grand Manor Collection – a rich colorway that spans a diverse selection of wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Vonda demonstrates the grace of the Grand Manor Collection by creating a lovely hand-tied bouquet using a combination of silk fall foliage and muted silk flowers. If you have a busy production schedule, you’re going to love the timesaving methods Vonda employs with this design.

Prior to the beginning of this video, Vonda has already prepared a base of artificial dusty miller in green and silk eucalyptus. Then, instead of taking the time and effort to carefully select silk flowers for this composition, she simply chose a mixed bush from Pioneer – a combination of silk anemone, silk ranunculus, silk rose, and silk hydrangea in a mixture of Grand Manor Collection pinks and purples.

Vonda takes the base of artificial dusty miller and silk eucalyptus and starts adding the Grand Manor pieces one by one. She starts with splashes of pink, then dark purple to complement the silk eucalyptus. Next are darker pink silk anemone and light lavender silk ranunculus. Lavender silk hydrangea rounds out the arrangement.

Interestingly, the individual silk flowers originally come in a bush format from Pioneer. Vonda trimmed each pick from the bush before beginning, making it easier to create a more pleasing color balance. Floral wire secures the individual picks to the bouquet, and later Vonda will finish the composition with floral tape for binding and double-satin ribbon for a finished look. 

With just a few components from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, you can recreate this bouquet for your own projects and events. Let Pioneer help you flesh out your floral design toolbox with gorgeous silk botanicals like these pieces from the Grand Manor Collection.

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

Shop products from the video: 
2205-9-102 Double Face Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yards, Pink Sand

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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: How To: Traditional Meets Tropical

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

Tropical floral designs are everywhere – and chances are that you’re going to continue to see this theme grow stronger and more popular especially through the warmer months. 

If your next permanent botanical project can benefit from a touch of tropical flair but you don’t want to go with a full tropical theme, this video demonstration just might offer a little inspiration. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD shows how to integrate artificial tropical foliage with the traditional silk flower favorites you already have in your toolkit. 

Vonda starts this quick demonstration with a bold artificial philodendron branch available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This lovely piece is so detailed and realistic, with a deep green color that goes great with any accents you might want to add.

For this arrangement, Vonda weaves in a touch of silk lacy fern bush to boost volume and variation. She adds a vibrant splash of color with wholesale silk ranunculus flowers also available from Pioneer. She chooses three classic colors – burgundy wine, light pink, and a calm neutral chalk. 

The result blends traditional and tropical elements seamlessly. Dig into your silk flower reserves or explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find more permanent botanical accents you can add to make this design your own.  

Shop products from the video:
PWPV Selloum Philo Branch 52”, Green
PWS2641Gr Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green (sold out)
PWR1020 Ranunculus Stem 23”, available in 4 colors 
(Burgundy Wine, Chalk , Light Pink, Vanilla Dream)

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Video: Sweet Pea

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

While sweet pea is often used as a term of endearment, in the floral world it can only mean one thing – sweet pea! This cheerful flower features simple petals and jaunty leggy stems, a surefire way to bring character to any arrangement. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers silk sweet pea in a range of vibrant colors ideal for a wide range of permanent botanical projects. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates two sample arrangements in this quick video demonstration, making both with just a single bush of wholesale artificial sweet pea from Pioneer.

Vonda begins with two corrugated metal containers for modern rustic style. Prior to the beginning of the video, these containers had been prepared with blocks of ordinary floral foam and hidden with a light layer of moss.

The creation process is simple. Vonda simply places the yellow silk sweet pea stems into the foam, varying the heights and angles for a nice natural look. 

It’s that simple! You can see how the silk sweet pea selections from Pioneer create quite an impact even on their own. Of course, you could easily put your own spin on this design by playing with silk foliage additions and creative permanent botanical accents. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to get these permanent botanical sweet pea selections for your own floral design toolbox – along with a fabulous selection of other wholesale silk flowers, wholesale containers, dazzling accents, and everyday floral design tools. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWS2613 Sweet Pea Bush x4, 20.5” Blue, Purple, Bright Pink, Yellow Gold
#74251-00 “Norah” Metal Vase 4.5x5.5”
#74250-00 “Norah” Metal Votive Sized Vase 3x3”

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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!  

Shop products from the video:
#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: 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: Pea Leaf Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a way to add instant elegance to your next permanent botanical arrangement? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a fantastic option in this quick video demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

The incredible Pea Leaf Collection is gorgeous and lifelike. These silk pea leaves feature bright variegated color for a sense of freshness that feels just-picked from the garden – from top to bottom, these selections look like the real deal right from the very first glance.

And best of all, silk pea leaves are a powerhouse of versatility. Use to fill in the bulk of an arrangement, as a sparing accent to bring out the best in an intricate composition, or even by itself! There is nothing that silk pea leaf cannot do.

Vonda begins by showcasing a few of the available size options. The Pea Leaf Collection includes a useful bush format for piecemeal placement, a six-foot garland convenient for largescale uses, and hanging bush with a lovely trailing tail. This video demonstration focuses on the hanging variety – in just a few seconds, Vonda transforms this piece into a display-ready work of art! 

The lovely Bailey metal wall hanger from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale serves as the container for this design. The rust patina serves as an excellent neutral backdrop that makes the vibrant pea leaf color pop even more.

Vonda had already prepared the container with a block of floral foam before beginning. She places individual sprigs of silk pea leaf first, then inserts the longer trails near the bottom side of the container. And it’s done! You can see how impressive this arrangement looks with just a few seconds of work.

This look is so easy to achieve! You can find the Pea Leaf Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of other silk foliage, silk flowers, and handsome wholesale containers. 

Shop products from the video:
PWG2720SG Pea Leaf & Berries Garland 6’, Sage
PWPL2721SG Pea Leaf & Berries Hanging Bush 33”, Sage
PWPL2722SG Pea Leaf & Berries Bush 19.5”, Sage
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
72570-00 “Bailey” Metal Wall Hanger 8x3.5”, Rust
72551-00 “Galveston” Rectangular Planter 24x4x4”, Rust

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Video: Poppy Party Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, May 06, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking to add punchy color and whimsical texture to your next permanent botanical arrangement? The dramatic look of poppies just might be the solution you need! Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a gorgeous selection of silk poppies in this quick and easy video demonstration.

Vonda is working with the wholesale silk poppies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – these beautiful pieces look like they were picked fresh from the fields, yet they maintain that lasting versatility designers love so much about permanent botanical solutions. She also uses smart silk foliage and accents, also available from Pioneer, to give this bouquet a full natural look your clients are sure to adore.  

Using the orange silk poppies, Vonda creates a bright and vibrant core for the heart of the bouquet. The deep red silk poppies are arranged toward the outside to create a subtle gradient effect. 

White silk delphinium is the next addition. Vonda places these toward the rear of the design, serving as a sort of elegant floral backdrop. Their tall tendrils of blossoms add height and shape to the overall composition. For a more specialized theme, Pioneer offers this lovely silk delphinium in a wide range of other colors as well.

Vonda uses wholesale silk foliage to round out the bouquet. Here, she uses silk lacy fern bush in a bold deep green color. Not only does this selection add incredible fullness to the arrangement, it also gives the bouquet a more natural look for that “fresh picked” feeling. 

Once all the components are layered approximately where desired, Vonda secures them together with a short length of floral wire. Then, she adjusts each individual element for volume and spacing. Once satisfied, she covers the floral wire with cream ribbon tied in a bow. The ribbon is a fantastic complement to the silk delphinium – a fantastic way to tie this bouquet together, both literally and figuratively.

You can find these amazing silk poppies, silk delphinium, and silk lacy fern all available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you build up a diverse stock of wholesale permanent botanicals so you can build creative bouquets and floral arrangements for any occasion. 

Shop the complete Poppy Party Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWS2641GR Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green
PWD2331CHK Delphinium Bundle X3, 31”, Chalk
GTP103REBC Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Red Brick
GTP103OR Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Orange

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Video: Frosty Meadow Dusty Miller Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Dusty miller is a fantastically versatile piece for permanent botanical arrangements. This subtle silk foliage easily accommodates a wide range of accents, working well as a voluminous filler or even taking center stage in a design. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces an especially stunning selection available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – the gorgeous Frosty Meadow Dusty Miller Collection. 

This line of wholesale silk foliage is available as a wreath, garland, or bush, allowing plenty of options for quick and detailed compositions alike. The attractive pastel coloration makes it especially easy to coordinate. And thanks to the variation of leaf sizes brought together in one format, this artificial dusty miller offers instant appeal right from the package.

In this quick time-lapse video, you can watch as Vonda creates a lovely arrangement using only pieces from the artificial dusty miller bush accented with silk wild rose for a dash of lavender color. 

Vonda begins with the Jovi ceramic pot, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, outfitted with a block of floral foam. She inserts each sprig of silk dusty miller – carefully spaced for balance. She takes care to create a subtle sense of asymmetry for a natural look. The lavender wholesale silk roses are added last. 

The result looks fresh and exciting, like something picked right out of the garden. Thanks to the varied leaves on the wholesale silk dusty miller, this arrangement looks like it took so much more time and effort than it really did. And the best part? You can easily put your own spin on this basic design.

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to stock up on wholesale silk dusty miller in wreath, garland, and bush formats – sure to come in handy time and time again. Pioneer also offers a diverse range of other wholesale silk flowers and accessories sure to bring your next permanent botanical arrangement to life.

Shop the complete Frosty Meadow Dusty Miller Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWDM2741FSG Dusty Miller Bush X9, 20”, Frosted Sage
PWW2742FSG Dusty Miller Wreath 21”, Frosted Sage
PWG2740FSG Dusty Miller Garland 6’, Frosted Sage
PWR2616LV Wild Rose Bush 15”, Lavender
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
94831-72 “Jovi” Ceramic Pot 5.25x6.25”, Black Pearl

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