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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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Top 10 Best Sellers in May

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1. Eucalyptus Garland 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is part of our Sydney Eucalyptus Collection and is perfect for weddings and events!


2. Lemon Leaf Wreath 20" - #PWG2626GR

Our lemon leaf wreath, part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection, adds a nice vibrant green to any wall or door.


3. Medium Round Natural Willow Basket with Handle - #002M

One of our classic single-size fruit and gift baskets.


4. Boxwood Garland 6' - #PWG2038GR

Garlands are popular for a reason, their versatility! They can be hung on archways, table fronts, or laid across tables for a dramatic centerpiece! And boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite.


5. Lemon Leaf Garland 70" - #PWG2627GR

Lemon Leaf was certainly popular in May! This lemon leaf garland is also part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection and matches the Lemon Leaf Wreath (#2).


6. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush x6, 23" - #PWE1090GWH

This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.


7. Oval Willow Basket - Set of 4 with Liners - #2510B-WC

Set of four oval willow woodchip baskets with plastic liners, often used for flower baskets or gift baskets.


8. Extra-Large Hydrangea Stem 28.5", Chalk - #PWH2095CHK

Our extra-large, full hydrangea stem with a 7" head diameter looks beautiful in any bridal bouquet or floral arrangement.


9. Everyday Hydrangea Stem 29", Pink Sand - #PWH2087PKSD

Our practical everyday hydrangea stem with a 6.5" head diameter is perfect for those with a budget but who still want a quality product.


10. Rose Bush Open/Bud x30, 19", Red - #PWR2050RD

Who doesn't love a red rose? This beautiful rose bush comes with 15 open rose stems and 15 rosebud stems, accented with gypsophila.


*List shows top ten items that are still available.

Video: How To: Design An Easy to Transport Foliage Wall

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Foliage walls are a high-demand accessory for good reason. They’re fantastic for display backdrops, photography projects, and general set pieces. Any business that invests in a permanent botanical wall is sure to find reasons to use it again and again.

The problem is that these bulky items can be difficult to store and transport. But this video offers a solution! Take a few minutes to follow Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video walkthrough to see how to build an artificial foliage wall that is easy to pack away and transport anywhere.  

This tutorial does require a small amount of woodworking ability. But once the frame is prepared, the rest of the work is all design. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale carries all the permanent botanicals used in this video – you can find these silk plants, and many others, available through the Pioneer catalog.  

Construction begins with a 4x8’ sheet of plywood or melamine cut into four 2x4’ pieces. These individual 2x4’ pieces are easy to carry and transport, but the finished construction still makes a huge impression. Once the pieces arrive at their destination, reassembling is simply a matter of using an electric screwdriver to fasten the sections together.

Vonda begins by describing the construction of the frame, ordinary 2x4” studs that have been prepared by routing a simple dado channel down the center. The melamine panels will fit right into this slot. Next, take a 1”-thick piece of Styrofoam and glue to the melamine board – the permanent botanicals will slide directly into the foam to make an easy silk plant arrangement. 

If desired, you can even attach Styrofoam to the other side of the frame as well. This is ideal for situations where customers may see both sides of the construction, easy to enjoy from every angle. Painting the Styrofoam surface a subdued green color is a smart way to disguise any gaps in the silk foliage. 

Vonda uses a variety of permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. She makes this project even easier by preparing each plant beforehand, removing the leaves so they can be inserted individually. Vonda uses a bolt cutter to snip the sturdier stems. 

Cutting the stems at an angle allows for direct insertion into the Styrofoam. Vonda notes that she rarely needs to use glue for this type of project because the stems stay in place so well. 

Vonda begins with silk coleus in pink and green, filling in an entire corner. She then moves onto a plant with smaller leaves in a subdued burgundy and cream. Large silk dieffenbachia leaves fill in a generous portion – Vonda inserts each at different angles for a more realistic look. Small silk leaves in a streaky cream and green covers the remaining corner.  

Next, Vonda begins to add layering. She starts with silk pepper tree branches before moving onto sprays of hanging artificial succulents. This process continues with the other portions of the panel, taking care to align the silk plant sections so the entire construction will look like one continuous piece once assembled. 

The result is impressive. After moving outside, Vonda displays all four panels attached together. She explains how to use long screws to connect each panel, easy to remove for disassembly. The feet are made from simple shelf brackets – simply add potted plants to prevent customers from tripping over the legs if the path of foot traffic will cross too closely.