Pioneer Blog

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: "Rosie" Ribbon

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 11, 2018

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

In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a versatile accessory to instantly elevate any permanent botanical arrangement. 

The wonderful “Rosie” Ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is beautiful on its own, but it really shines when used as a decorative accent for other accessories. 

Vonda demonstrates the endless potential of this intricate ribbon by adding it to a simple transparent glass cube. She adds a small adhesive strip to the back of the glass, using it to securely anchor the ribbon in place. Adding a silk peony bouquet finishes the design – now this quick and easy piece is ready for any wedding or event. 

You can find the wholesale ribbon, the silk peony bouquet, and hundreds of other fantastic accessories available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 

Shop products from the video:

#16-2661-40-154 - #40 – 2.5” x 10 yds – “Rosie” Ribbon
#PWP0141TTPK – Peony Bouquet, Two-Tone Pink

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Video: Gourmand Terrace Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together a dynamite collection for your clients who love their travel experiences and treasure the feeling of being abroad. This grouping of foliage and containers will offer them the sense of being on a café terrace overlooking an olive garden or perhaps on the patio sipping wine with the smell of rosemary and lemons in the air.

Wherever they’ve been or want to go, the sense of culinary potages and edible plants are part of it and you’ll find a great selection here. Lush foliage and olive branches combine with rosemary and both lemons and their leaves to create the ambiance they’re seeking.

The Norman metal pots, which come in four sizes, add a bit of the rustic and are perfect for both the olive topiary and the rosemary plants in the collection. You can just imagine a few lined up on a short stone wall, so you may want to display them with that feel for your clientele.

The lemon leaf wreath and garland are lovely in their simplicity and very adaptable to various decorating schemes, as subtle accents or to unify an overall theme.

Video: Step Up Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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

In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a few new additions to the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale product line. The versatile Step Up Collection is a premium line of wholesale silk flowers, featuring top-quality materials and larger, more dramatic, blooms. 

Vonda begins her introduction to the Step Up Collection by highlighting two of the most popular silk flowers for weddings - hydrangea and peony - and explains how these pieces stand out from the standard models. 

First, the video makes it easy to see the impressive size of these blooms. The silk peony features a diameter of 5 inches, while the hydrangea measures up at a spectacular 6.5-inch diameter. 

The wholesale silk flowers in the Step Up Collection also stand apart thanks to their premium materials and incredible level of realistic detail. It’s impossible to overlook these luscious full-bodied blooms in any setting. 

Every piece of the Step Up Collection is sure to capture immediate attention at your next bridal show, trade show, or seasonal event. Your customers and clients are sure to appreciate the visual effect of these statement pieces, and how they can elevate and complement other collections so easily. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the full Step Up Collection – including the wide range of colors – as well as other wholesale silk flowers, accessories, and everything you need to impress your customers by staying “a step above the rest."

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Tour Our Spring/Summer 2018 Showroom!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Spring is in full swing at Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! Come see our Spring & Summer 2018 Showroom for yourself or take a virtual tour below. Our showroom is located at 500 W. Bagley Rd., Berea, Ohio 44017 and our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We'd love to see you!

Please note: Vendor’s license in a related trade is required.

Complementary Ribbon Chart for 2018 Prom & Bridal Colors

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 22, 2018
We are sure you will find this Ribbon Chart very helpful when ordering for proms and weddings this year! 
To see the full version and to download a PDF copy, click HERE.

Video: Ray of Sunshine Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, February 09, 2018

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

For pure simplicity, try this natural-look bouquet from the Ray of Sunshine Collection, which Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together for 2018. Just two floral products, gently blended, offer consumers a cheerful tone to brighten their spaces.

This is an easy and quick piece to complete. The centerpiece is anchored by one mixed bush of flowers – yellow and white blooms – separated from the bush stem then arranged in a circular fashion to fill the center of our “Optimist” bowl.

Using berry stem pieces, artfully plump out the look until you’ve fashioned what feels like a bowl of sunbeams. You’ll find that the one mixed bush, with its flowers and greenery, plus the berry spray, is plenty to make a charming, full look.

But why stop there? Using the same series of florals, you can create a beautiful wall hanging. Or you can pair it with the pre-made wreath that compliments the bush. This might be just the touch for a client’s office or home, signaling the seasonal transition is upon us. A combination of the centerpiece plus a wreath lends a synchronized, thematic look to a waiting area or foyer in a home.

Whenever you need products or new ideas for seasonal looks, to satisfy an ever-more expectant clientele, browse through this year’s Spring/Summer catalog. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has mingled florals and containers to please your customers, and your own senses.

Shop products from the video:

#99495-00 - “Optimist” Ceramic Bowl
#PWMX2603YLOG - Mixed Sunflower & Ranunculus Bush, Yellow/Orange
#PWB2241GCR - Berry Stem, Green/Cream

Shop the complete Ray of Sunshine Collection here!

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Video: Opposites Attract Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, February 08, 2018

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

A walk in your local public park or botanical gardens may give you a few new ideas, like those we’ve included in the new Opposites Attract collection.

You may notice that, at times, you’re drawn to a combination of colors from two very different palates. For instance, rather than pairing pinks, purples and blues together, nature may have placed a bright orange and brilliant blue together, as in the exotic bird-of-paradise bloom. 

And you may find this mix of colors really appeals to you. That’s often the case, where colors that one wouldn’t think would be grouped together suddenly pop and sizzle and draw the eye. Tagging together mixtures of colors from different slices of the color wheel can make a show-stopping centerpiece or be just the thing to pull together an otherwise lackluster shelf arrangement.

To compliment an unusual mix in colors, be sure to add textures that accentuate and small pieces to pull them together. A simple colored glass vase, or patterned paper with a woven-look pottery and, pieces of greenery will set off that new look.

Pioneer Imports and Wholesale has put together a 2018 Opposites Attract Collection specifically to help you in creating, perhaps, new and exciting looks for your clients. They may be surprised to find your concept gives them just that something a little different they were seeking.  

For all your wholesale floral and container needs, Pioneer’s Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog is the place to shop. See pages 8 and 9 for our complete Opposites Attract Collection.

Shop the complete Opposites Attract Collection here.

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Video: Creating a Floral Chandelier with Flowers& Magazine

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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

In this video from Flowers& Magazine, Rich Salvaggio AIFD walks through the process of creating a beautiful floral chandelier with silk flowers and accessories from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Rich begins with a quick introduction to a few of the most popular products from the Pioneer catalog and demonstrates a few creative ways to use them. 

This quick introduction begins with the silk peony bush paired with ranunculus. Realistic succulents line the perimeter of the stylish wooden box that houses the arrangement, bringing a skillful sense of color balance to the composition. 

A bush of English roses takes center stage in the following example. The silk roses are spread out for realism, placed to stand tall in a colorful green planter. Boxwood and echeveria complete the arrangement. Rich notes that the faux echeveria succulents are available in a wide range of dynamic colors. 

The final prepared arrangement that Rich displays highlights a very trendy way to use one of the newer products from Pioneer. This lemon leaf wreath originally comes with just the silk foliage – this example, however, demonstrates the wreath’s versatility with the inclusion of gorgeous hydrangea and butcher’s broom. 

Next, Rich moves on to the featured demonstration. This inspiring floral chandelier offers endless applications, from displays to weddings to general décor. Rich walks through the process of creating this chandelier step-by-step, explaining every detail.  

This simple yet impressive project begins by covering a wire wreath frame with silk eucalyptus. Rich works his way around the frame, securing each sprig of eucalyptus with ordinary white cable ties. 

Once this base layer is in place, Rich begins preparing bright silk cherry blossoms to serve as a gorgeous contrast to the subdued green of the eucalyptus. He takes a moment to note that silk flowers often ship in a very compact form, and quickly shows how easy it is to give these pieces a more lifelike appearance by gently bending and spreading the branches for more volume.

Rich switches to a larger cable tie to accommodate the heavier cherry blossom garland, attaching each sprig to the gold bars of the wreath, and trims each tie as he goes along. 

Lilac wisteria serves as the next layer. Rich bends each individual stem outward from the grouping, making it easy to simply insert the entire bunch into the wreath at once. He repeats this process until three wisteria bushes are seamlessly integrated into the chandelier design. 

As you might notice in stores and fashionable displays, trendy floral chandeliers tend to feature a cascading profile – longer in the middle. Rich chooses a lengthy silk wisteria stem in a light neutral tone to finish this arrangement. He trims the long stems to use as a framework, laying them inside the wreath in a crisscross fashion. He then feeds the wisteria through the stems, using them as natural support. 

The result is a vibrant, lively, and easy-to-appreciate chandelier perfect for everything from commercial displays to wedding décor and so much more. 

You can find the wholesale silk flowers and accessories used in this video on the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. And don’t forget to check out the February issue of Flowers& Magazine, where you’ll find a supplement detailing the creation of this floral chandelier – along with many other useful and interesting features. 

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Video: Pastels With Pop Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, January 26, 2018

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

This spring, the pastel colorways from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale pack more vibrancy. Pioneer calls this collection of vibrant light colors “Pastels With Pop." 

In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates three arrangement designs. By using a similar set of products for each, Vonda shows how this collection makes it easy to create nice companion pieces that can work together in one setting, or that stand alone beautifully for individual sale or display.  

Vonda demonstrates one especially useful tip with the first arrangement – the versatility of the beautiful silk maidenhair bush from Pioneer. She begins with a simple white vase outfitted with a piece of floral foam, taking one long strand of maidenhair and wrapping it around the container. She pins it in place with another strand, and continues until the entire rim of the vase is ringed with a lush halo of foliage. 

This wrap-and-pin method is quicker and easier than all the cutting and picking that goes into making individual insertions. 

Blossoms of pastel mauve wisteria gets the same treatment. Vonda repeats the maidenhair process with three sprigs of faux wisteria, pinning each in place with the previous piece. She finishes the arrangement by placing tall stems of sweet pea bush in soft blue silk – the result is an arrangement with height, balance, and gorgeous interplay between pastel hues.

Vonda then continues to create two more arrangements using the same techniques. The first keeps a simple color palette with a maidenhair and wisteria combination, while the smallest arrangement shows off the punchy energy of bright peach peony and mint hydrangea. 

Together, these pastel color selections make a fresh and inspiring combination, while each individual component remains bold enough to use on its own. 

Don’t forget to explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to discover a wide variety of pastel silk flowers and foliage from this versatile collection. The Pastels With Pop Collection includes beautiful hues for every occasion.  

Shop products from the video:
#PWW2320MV – Hanging Wisteria, Mauve
#PWMH1312GYGR – Hanging Maidenhair Fern Bush X5, 33” – Gray/Green
#PWS2613BL – Sweet Pea Bush, Blue
#99432-01 – “Spotti” Ceramic Pot, White
#PWH2085MT – Hydrangea Bush, Mint
#PWP2200PH – Peony Bush, Peach

Shop the complete Pastels With Pop Collection here.

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