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Video: Moody Hues Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, August 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Color plays a crucial role toward creating a specific atmosphere for an event. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a line of permanent botanicals perfect for this purpose. The Moody Hues Collection is a bold palette that consists of colors like burgundy, wine, and mauve – rich hues that drip with drama and personality. 
 
In this quick video demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates a small centerpiece arrangement that easily highlights the powerful versatility of the Moody Hues Collection. This straightforward project keeps things simple, basing the design around a single permanent botanical bush containing silk zinnia, silk dahlia, and silk daisy. 

Vonda begins by first clipping each silk bloom from the bush itself. She uses these to make individual insertions into a block of floral foam, hidden within a small metal container. The container’s neutral finish allows the rich red floral tones to take center stage in the design. 

Vonda inserts the larger silk flowers first, creating a collar of voluminous faux florals around the edges. The smaller selections are added last, carefully placed to achieve a pleasant balance of color throughout the composition. Clippings of silk foliage, silk boxwood, and silk olive sprays add additional body to the centerpiece. 

The result offers abundant visual drama – an impressive composition for such a simple construction process. 

You can find these selections from the Moody Hues Collection readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide range of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories. 

Pioneer offers wholesale permanent botanicals in a diverse range of themes and color palettes to suit any occasion – you can depend on Pioneer to provide the perfect pieces to suit even the most specific requests of your clients and customers.

Shop the complete Moody Hues Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWMX3371BUPK - MIXED DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY BUSH x12, 19" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWW3372BUPK - DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY WREATH, 22" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWO2623DKGR - OLIVE SPRAY x3, 30" - DARK GREEN

PWB2031BTGR - BOXWOOD BUSH X9 20"- BEAUTY GREEN

72091-00 - "VOYAGE" METAL POT 5.25 x 5.25"

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Video: Sunflower Fields Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

This video tackles the topic of choosing the appropriate quality of wholesale silk flowers for a project. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD uses two silk sunflower bushes from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale as examples. 

One variety combines the best of realism with an accessible price point, easy on the wallet without sacrificing on style – Vonda refers to this as a “Better” option. The other variety features breathtaking detail and vibrant lifelike quality, deserving of the “Best” designation suitable for use as a true focal point in a permanent botanical arrangement. 

But choosing between a “Better” option and a “Best” option can be difficult. Vonda’s favorite tip for making an appropriate selection involves first considering the container you will be using for the arrangement. This example compares a substantial concrete container with a handsome small metal pot. 

As Vonda points out, placing the smaller silk sunflowers in the substantial container creates a bit of a visual imbalance. On the other hand, the simple metal container allows the basic silk sunflower bush to shine with its full potential. The same applies to the voluminous and extra-realistic silk sunflowers and their coordinated high-end container.

Vonda creates sample arrangements with both silk sunflower bushes to demonstrate this concept in action. Perfectly balanced compositions result – you can see each silk flower and container combination playing off the strengths of their individual components. 

You can find both the “Better” and the “Best” silk sunflower bushes available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer also offers a diverse array of other wholesale silk flower varieties and wholesale containers, spanning a truly impressive spectrum of colors and styles for every occasion. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find the ideal products for your upcoming projects. 

Shop the complete Sunflower Fields Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWB1042MURD – Baby Grass Bush, x5, 20”, Mustard/Flame

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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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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1. EUCALYPTUS GARLAND 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


2. HANGING WISTERIA BRANCH 67" - #PWW2330WH

This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  


3. EUCALYPTUS BUSH 22" - #PWE1096GR

This beautiful eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement.  It is an excellent choice for including greenery in weddings and home decor.


4. BOXWOOD BUSH X6, 12" - #PWB2030GCR

Boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite. Therefore, it's not surprising this beautiful boxwood in green/cream was a top seller last month. This item is also available in natural green.


5. HANGING BOXWOOD X5, 32" - #PWB2033GR

Greenery continues to be a hugely popular wedding trend.  This boxwood is perfect for adding hanging elements to your event.


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. SUNFLOWER BUSH x7, 20" - #PWS2400YL

Who doesn't love sunflowers? This beautiful sunflower bush, available in three colors, has seven stems and is perfect for creating a summer or fall centerpiece.



8. RECTANGULAR WILLOW BASKET SET OF 3 - #2003UP

Set of 3 rectangular willow baskets often used for gift baskets.


9. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID STEM 33" - #PWO1107WH

This elegant orchid is often used for weddings and is available in three colors (white, burgundy and purple), but white was the best-selling color in June.


10. EUCALYPTUS WREATH 24" - #PWW1097GR

This eucalyptus wreath adds a rich, vibrant green to any wall or door.


Video: Tuscan Villa Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 09, 2018

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


The colors of the Tuscan landscape span a range of rich hues - the dusty greens and golds of established vineyards, the bright orange terracotta and red brick of the cities, the deep blue sky and bright waters of the coast. 


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale captures that nostalgic palette in a vibrant range of permanent botanicals and accessories called the Tuscan Villa Collection. This quick video tutorial explores the potential of this collection by creating an example centerpiece design as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.  


Vonda builds this composition around a perfectly coordinated container – the Maverick metal compote – also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.


Silk eucalyptus in a dusty blue serves as the first addition to the centerpiece. Vonda carefully places each pick to radiate from the center for width and height. Next, she takes pieces trimmed from the silk spiny wood fern bush in yellow/orange and creates a halo around the edges for a nice downward trail.


Tall picks of silk sweet pea in gold serve as a perfect addition to the middle of the design, adding height and balancing the yellow of the fern.  


Vonda saves the bolder colors for last. Large blossoms of turquoise silk hydrangea stand in dramatic contrast to the warmer tones used throughout the centerpiece, immediately capturing attention and adding energy to the composition. Silk ranunculus in fall orange heightens this contrast and contributes a greater sense of visual weight overall. 


The result is warm and nostalgic with fresh energetic elements – a reflection of an adventure into the Tuscan countryside. 


You can find the silk flowers used in this demonstration along with the rest of the Tuscan Villa Collection readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, plus a wide variety of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories to match. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find distinctive pieces that perfectly reflect the unique needs of your customers. 

Shop the complete Tuscan Villa Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
74710-60 – “Maverick” Metal Compote, 6” x 6” x 4.5”, Copper

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Video: Ultraviolet Basket

Orders Pioneer - Monday, June 25, 2018

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


Learn how to create a vibrant garden basket using 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year with this quick time-lapse video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins with a round triple weave basket and two types of ribbon cut into lengths of 6-8” inches. She ties these lengths around the basket handle, alternating between the double-faced satin ribbon in purple haze and the pirouette ribbon in purple. 

With the basket handle covered, Vonda beings placing silk lavender bush sprays into a block of floral foam hidden within the basket. She centers these tall pieces in the middle to give the arrangement a sense of height and drama. Occasionally, you will see her slightly bend and adjust the stems for a balanced look. 


Silk peony and silk hydrangea blossoms fill in the perimeter of the basket, easily obscuring the rest of the floral foam below. 

The result is a lovely centerpiece that spans a range of purple hues that closely echo Pantone ultraviolet. Serving as a fun way to add color to an event – regardless of season – this arrangement is sure to spark the enthusiasm of your customers and clients who love purple color palettes.

 

The supplies used in this arrangement are readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of coordinated details to help you create custom arrangements your customers are sure to love. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, and other accessories in a spectrum of hues to suit any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:

3512ST – Round Triple Weave Baskets Set of 4, Stained
PWL2242PU – Lavender Bush, x15, 24”, Purple
PWP2200PU – Peony Bush, x7, 19”, Purple
PWH2085PU – Hydrangea Bush, x5, 17”, Purple 
16-2461-9-265 – “Pirouette” Ribbon, 1.5” x 100 yds., Purple
2205-9-412 – Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yds., Purple Haze


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Video: How To: Design With Summer Sun Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, June 21, 2018

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


The Summer Sun Collection is a brilliant display of hues from the orange, red and yellow color palates. This grouping is centered around what are sometimes called the “happy” colors, and give off the feeling of being truly alive.


Celebrate the colors of summer with a bright and vibrant centerpiece, whether for a picnic, an outdoor wedding or perhaps an informal dining table.


Prepare and place the coppery rimmed metal container on your work space. Now, using the summer wreath, pluck some branches from the backside to give the centerpiece texture. Tape the branches to a wire for length and set aside for insertion into the base later.


Now, begin adding the lovely red zinnias, orange poppies and bright yellow sunflowers into a bouquet, somewhat evenly spread across the space. Once all the flowers are pleasingly placed, add fern branches to the ends to elongate the look. Now, add in leaves for filling and texture, and top off with the branches you’ve prepared from the back of the wreath.


Now you will have a complete and stunning summer look, ready for your customers to use to compliment the summer season for their event or simply around their homes or offices.


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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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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.