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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: Vanilla Dream Design

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Monobotanical arrangements an especially popular look right now. Monobotanical refers to arrangements that use just one type of silk flower, a straightforward look that offers a surprising amount of flexibility.

In this video, talented designer Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates an inspiring monobotanical arrangement to show just how gorgeous this style can be. His choice of permanent botanical for this demonstration is a selection of wholesale silk cabbage rose from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, using just two colorways from the tremendous spectrum available within the catalog.

Tom will also be working a touch of silk foliage into the design. His selections are silk silver dollar eucalyptus and intricate artificial maidenhair fern, both wholesale foliage options from Pioneer. 

The base for this design is the elegant “Mallory” glass compote in silver, prepared before the video with a block of dry floral foam. Tom begins by styling the perimeter with the artificial fern, working his way from one side of the compote to the other.

You may notice that he hadn’t added any moss or other cover to conceal the floral foam. He begins that step next, working the moss around the outside. He uses only the most sparing amount to keep the composition looking nice and clean.

Next, Tom changes up the texture with silk eucalyptus. He describes his technique for creating a more natural look, manipulating each piece into a more lifelike position after insertion.  

After creating a sweeping line across the composition with the artificial eucalyptus, Tom begins to add the silk cabbage rose. He draws special attention to the vanilla dream coloration, a nice warm option with a soft and friendly look. 

Tom offers a few tips about the silk cabbage rose foliage. Sometimes he gently slides the foliage upward along the stem for prominence, and other times he removes it. He saves this silk foliage for later compositions – a smart way to stretch a supplies budget and prevent material waste. Another way he stretches his budget is using bush-format products rather than individual stems.

Silk cabbage rose in the chalk colorway is the next addition. Tom places these with careful attention to depth, making sure to preserve negative space. He comes back and fills in the design with more silk foliage, using the lacy maidenhair fern to balance out the heavier greens. 

The result is a small and compact colonial design that would look great anywhere. Tom notes that you could easily transform this into an oblong shape – perhaps for a dramatic centerpiece – by taking some of the longer silk foliage placements to the outside edge. 

This composition came together in just minutes, showing just how brilliantly simple monobotanical arrangements can be. 

You can find all the supplies used in this demonstration available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the rest of the fascinating silk cabbage rose colorations, or branch out and browse hundreds of other silk flower and foliage options for your next monobotanical creation.

Shop products from the video:
PWR2090CHK Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Chalk
PWR2090VADR Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Vanilla Dream
PWE1094GYGR Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green
PWMH1312GYGR Hanging Maidenhair Fern, x5, 33”, Gray/Green
35350-50 “Mallory” Glass Compote, 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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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: 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: How To: Create A Wildflower Design

Amanda Thomas - Friday, July 27, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


If you’ve ever felt inspired by simply picking wildflowers, this design will really appeal to you and your customers are going to love it.


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has really captured that with some of the looks you’re seeing the in their wholesale silk flowers catalog. The colors and shapes will take you right into the fields of flowers you remember. 


Here you can create a design that is perfect for showcasing these florals, using their two-tone yellow, purple and pink wildflower bushes. There are so many varieties available, you can try more creations later.


This particular design clusters the blossoms into groupings as they would appear in the wild. The look is so natural it lends itself very well to use in multiple locations and to satisfy many clients.


You’ll find the 3-part planter among Pioneer’s wholesale containers. Combining it with a piece of curly willow around the wood planter will give it extra texture and a “found” feel. Use bind wire to secure it.


Now, you’re ready to begin inserting the beautiful wildflowers, beginning with the larger anemones in the center to ground the piece and provide a focal point.
Move on to adding the purple thistle on one side and the green on the other, which creates a pleasing sightline. 


Now, group the blue flowers around the green thistle and the yellow with the purple to give the overall look of a naturally-occurring group of wildflowers. You’ll see the finished product as a compliment to many client environments, giving off an innate feeling of tranquility.


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Video: How To: Design a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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


Consumers love succulents because they’re easy to care for, which is also one of the reasons the artificial succulents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale are such a popular selection – they require absolutely no upkeep or maintenance, yet they look so vibrant and real. 


In this helpful video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a succulent garden using Pioneer’s line of wholesale artificial succulents.

Vonda begins with a handsome nature-inspired planter that has been outfitted with a small block of floral foam in the center. She presses each artificial succulent into the foam one by one – taking care to ensure an attractive sense of balance between color, height, and variety. 

The result is a beautiful permanent botanical garden perfect for any consumer or commercial display. 

When it comes time to display this lovely artificial succulent garden, Vonda suggests displaying them in multiples. Your customer might choose to buy an additional piece because they are so easy to display and look so rich and interesting when arranged in groups. 

Try out this log look planter for your next project or explore the wide selection of wholesale containers from the Pioneer website. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers an extensive selection of containers and wholesale artificial succulents – everything you need to create stunning displays and permanent botanical arrangements just like the one in this video. 


Shop our complete line of succulents here.

Containers featured in this video:

#2-107CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 15"

#2-106CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 8" 


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Video: How To: Design With Our Blue Moon Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 18, 2018

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


Learn how to create a gorgeous permanent botanical arrangement in a palette of gentle blues with this video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins by introducing the silk flowers that make this arrangement so special, all taken from the lovely Once in a Blue Moon collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This set – a mixed ranunculus and hydrangea bush – contains a variety of flowers to demonstrate the full range of the Blue Moon palette. 

A ceramic pot textured to look like concrete serves as the starting point for this design – a timeless look currently surging in popularity. Blocks of floral foam hide inside to support the wholesale silk flowers and foliage within. 

Vonda places the large silk blossoms first, then moves down to the darker medium blossoms. She punctuates the design with the white and yellow pieces for contrast. Smaller silk flowers in light blue dot the edges. Silk boxwood and lavender picks give the piece extra height toward the middle. 

As this quick composition demonstrates, the attractive Blue Moon collection spans a whole spectrum of wonderful blues that immediately catch the eye and make for a distinctive addition to any display.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more useful pieces from the Once in a Blue Moon Collection, along with plenty of other inspiring colorways that you can use to create popular products and projects for every season.  


Shop the complete Once in a Blue Moon Collection here.

Shop products from the video:

#95071-00 – Ceramic Locket Pot 5.75" x 6", Gray
#PWB2031GYGR – Boxwood Bush, Gray/Green


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