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Video: Victoria Eucalyptus Collection 2

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a wholesale permanent botanical series with versatile widespread appeal? Tom bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces one possible solution in this quick video. Highlighted is the silk silver dollar eucalyptus range from the Victoria Collection, which Tom introduces with a few useful hints.

The beautiful Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus – as Tom points out – is made using a silk screen technique, giving it incredible depth of detail and dimension.

Victoria silk silver dollar eucalyptus is available in three forms. These are the wreath, the garland, and the bush. Tom suggests taking advantage of all three to build a collection to demonstrate the capabilities of the silk eucalyptus aesthetic and to give customers a diverse palette to draw from. He takes a moment to touch on the potential of each format. 

Tom begins with the garland. The silk eucalyptus garland makes a fantastic runner, easily stretching down the table. These could be anchored in place with some dry foam to create a base for building visual interest areas. Of course, the silk garland could also be used as a vertical piece as well.

The pick, or small spray, can be taken apart and dissected as Tom points out. He loves how the grey tone so easily melds with other colors. The silk silver dollar eucalyptus can be that bridge element that really blends other colors together for a harmonious look.

Tom covers the silk eucalyptus wreath last. While many people look and think “this goes on the wall” or “this goes on the door”, Tom offers a reminder about how powerful these wreaths can be as a centerpiece. You could use the silk eucalyptus wreath by itself, accessorized with some votive candles or silk flowers, or you could place a piece of statuary in the center. 

When it comes to permanent botanical wreaths like this one, Tom suggests buying more than just one – buying multiples allows you to highlight the many ways to display them. Show one as a wall piece, another as a centerpiece, and have some available for customers to accessorize on their own. 

You can find all these Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus formats available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with so many other wholesale silk flowers and accessories to make them your own. 

Shop the complete Victoria Eucalyptus Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWW1120GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath, 22”, Leaves: 1.5-3”, Gray/Green
PWG1121GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland, 50”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green
PWE1094GYGR “Victoria” Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green (item has sold out)

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Video: Hanging Philo Branch & Orchid

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

One of many bold and exciting selections from the “It’s a Jungle in Here” collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, the artificial philodendron selloum offers instant drama for a variety of permanent botanical applications. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a few moments to demonstrate an innovative way to use this versatile foliage in this walkthrough video. He begins by pointing out the growing popularity of hanging centerpieces, a trend that is especially picking up speed in event work. 

With just two elements, Tom creates a sample suspension design you can quickly and easily customize for your own needs.

First, Tom starts with the impressive 52” artificial philo from Pioneer. This demonstration will also involve three silk phalaenopsis orchid stems (also from Pioneer) in brilliant orchid purple. 

Tom gathers the wholesale silk orchids in the center, then secures them to the artificial philo with bind wire. He ties them in place right at the desired anchor point – where the arrangement will be suspended.

This dramatic pop of color really brings character and visual interest to the piece. Of course, it would be easy to swap out the silk orchids to suit a different theme. The artificial philo branch pairs well with a wide variety of color and texture complements. 

While Tom notes that you do not have to do anything to the end of the artificial philo stem, he does give it a quick curl for this demonstration. He does this by simply wrapping the flexible stem around his finger. The curled stem is a little more visually interesting than the straight one, an enhancement to the line interest that helps to capture the eye. 

You can see as Tom hangs the resulting composition that it takes on a smooth and elegant umbrella shape, a lovely draping effect that draws the eye across the arrangement with a sweeping motion. 

The finished composition, and other suspended arrangements like it, can be a fantastic way to make a statement – especially in a venue with a high ceiling. Lofty ceilings can dampen the visual impact of low centerpieces when decorations are kept to a single level. All that unused vertical space is a blank canvas worth utilizing. 

Walking into a tall venue and seeing this type of suspended arrangement, hanging at multiple points and grouped together, would be sure to create a magnificent presentation and a striking first impression. 

You can find the artificial philo branch and the silk orchids used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – along with a diverse variety of other wholesale artificial foliage and silk flower options. Let Pioneer help you create spectacular arrangements suited to any venue or event. 

Shop products from the video:
PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52”, Green
PWO1111OD Phalaenopsis Orchid Stem, 29”, Flower Dia. 3-4”, Orchid

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Video: Glacial Garden Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, November 25, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you excited to start building up your collection of winter-themed permanent botanicals? Winter can be a season of magnificent beauty and high spirits – but for designers, winter is marked not by the snowfall but by the schedule pages packed with events and obligations. 

Tom bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI introduces a few time-saving permanent botanical products in this quick video. 

The gorgeous Glacial Garden Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale captures that winter feeling with luminous frost over silk flowers and artificial foliage, those mainstays of the winter season that clients are always looking for.

Tom begins by introducing the wreath. He notes the pre-attached artificial pinecones, the realistic snowy berries, the warm and welcoming silk ranunculus – and of course, all of it coated with a fine layer of that beautiful seasonal frost effect. 

With this artificial pine wreath, you can go right from package to display just after a few simple adjustments to bring out the volume. Or, as Tom notes, you can go even further and add a little bit of ribbon trim for a customized look. This piece is a versatile canvas for accessories.

Tom focuses his attention on the spray format next. It has all the same materials mixed in, great for display on its own or with your own creative additions. 

This brings Tom to the swag. This piece comes with artificial twig backing to serve as a sturdy base. It can go on the wall, on the door, above the door… the list goes on. 

But as Tom demonstrates, the swag is also a fantastic candidate for centerpiece work. He pulls out a wooden box filled with blocks of dry floral foam as an example. Tom explains how you can use hairpins to secure the swag to the box, then build upward if desired using additional materials and trim – but the genius of this piece is that half the work is already done for you.

Get inspired with the Glacial Garden Collection! Save time, money, and effort with these helpful compositions you can use on their own or as building blocks to create the whimsical winter arrangements your clients crave. 

You can find the Glacial Garden supplies highlighted in this video all readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – along with a spectrum of silk flowers, artificial foliage, wholesale ribbon, and winter-themed accessories to help you get the season off to a productive start.  

Shop the complete Glacial Garden Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
#PWW4201WHGR Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Wreath, 24”, White/Green
PWS4202WHGR Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Swag, 32”, White/Green
PWMX4200WHGR Mixed Pine, Ranunculus, Berries & Pine Cone Spray, 30”, White/Green
64845-01 “Woodland” Rectangular Planter, 12x4x4”, Whitewash

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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.

Shop the complete Adelaide Iced Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
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.

Shop products from the video:
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: 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: 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: 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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