Pioneer Blog

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" 


Watch the video here!

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. 

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.

Design of the Day - Fluttering Floral Arrangement

Courtney May - Monday, May 12, 2014
Design of the Day! This "fluttering" floral arrangement was created in the Moss Basket from our Woodland Collection.

Click here to order the products used in this design: moss basket, ranunculus bush, butterfly picks, and raw muslin 


Design of the Day - Moss Purse Design

Courtney May - Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Design of the Day! Dress up one of the moss containers from our Woodland Collection with  ribbon and silks to make a cute base for a spring design!

Order the products used in this design here: moss purse, ranunculus, hydrangea, "Burlette" ribbon.  


Pioneer Showroom Redesign - Spring and Summer 2014

Sarah Botchick - Friday, April 25, 2014

The past five years have been years of change for Pioneer. 

  • We have become a tremendously strong importer of silk flowers, particularly bushes, as well as other floral items such as moss and twig decor. 
  • We have shifted our product focus into the realm of Prom, Homecoming, Wedding & Events. 
  • We stock the complete selection of prom, wedding and event supplies from Fitz Design. 
  • We are a strong distributor of the Acolytes product line. 
  • We have more styles of ribbon than any florist or gift basket designer will ever need. We needed to make some changes to reflect the "New Pioneer". 
  • In 2011 we started using a whole new style of catalog – catalogs of a complete season.
  • In 2012 we changed our name to Pioneer Imports & Wholesale
  • In 2013 we completely redesigned our website.

And finally, in the spring of 2014 – we redesigned our showroom to reflect our new, varied product offerings.

If you haven’t been to our showroom since February 22, 2014 – YOU NEED TO COME VISIT! We guarantee that you will be inspired by the great new layout, product designs, and the products themselves. Our showroom is open from 8:30-4:30 EST, M-F.  Open to florists, interior designers, gift basket companies, and those in a related trade. 

See the Pioneer Showroom - Redone for Spring 2014

Your one stop wholesale floral and gift supply shop!
Summer Brights silk flowers, ribbon and containers
Summer Brights silk flowers, ribbon and containers

Walls of silk flower bushes Walls of silk flower bushes
Walls of silk flower bushes

The Woodland Collection - moss and twig baskets, containers, accessories and coordinating silks
The Woodland Collection - moss and twig baskets, containers, accessories and coordinating silks

Everyday silk flower stems and bushes 
Everyday silk flower stems and bushes

Silk filler flower bushes and silk sunflowers
Silk filler flower bushes and silk sunflowers

Silk and plastic greenery
Silk and plastic greenery

Silk orchids of every style and color
Silk orchids of every style and color

Silk orchid designs
Silk orchid designs

Vintage Romance - silk flower bushes, ribbon, muslin, pearls, lace and containers Vintage Romance - silk flower bushes, ribbon, muslin, pearls, lace and containers
Vintage Romance - silk flower bushes, ribbon, muslin, pearls, lace and containers

Le Marche Collection of silk flowers, metal containers, burlap, and ribbon 
Le Marche Collection of silk flowers, metal containers, burlap, and ribbon

Artificial Succulent Collection
Artificial Succulent Collection

Event display table featuring candelabras and Acolytes e-risers
Event display table featuring candelabras and Acolytes e-risers

More views of the event display featuring Acolytes tea lights More views of the event display featuring Acolytes tea lights
More views of the event display featuring Acolytes tea lights

Another Acolytes table with the E-Wall wash in the corner
Another Acolytes table with the E-Wall wash in the corner

Prom tables full of Fitz Design, wall of tulle, and all of the corsage ribbon you could possibly need Prom tables full of Fitz Design, wall of tulle, and all of the corsage ribbon you could possibly need
Prom tables full of Fitz Design, wall of tulle, and all of the corsage ribbon you could possibly need
 
Corsage ribbon, Fitz Design prom jewelry, florist wires and rhinestone wraps
Corsage ribbon, Fitz Design prom jewelry, florist wires and rhinestone wraps

Prom table #1 showcasing the best selling Fitz Design corsage bracelets, feathers, and bling
Prom table #1 showcasing the best selling Fitz Design corsage bracelets, feathers, and bling

Silk corsage roses perfect for prom!
Silk corsage roses perfect for prom!

The Wedding Wall - premade silk bouquets, bouquet jewels, and bouquet enhancements
The Wedding Wall - premade silk bouquets, bouquet jewels, and bouquet enhancements

Bouquet jewels from Fitz Design and other bouquet enhancements
Bouquet jewels from Fitz Design and other bouquet enhancements

Design of the Day - Succulent Wall Decor

Courtney May - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Design of the Day! Create an organic decor piece by adding some extra succulents of your choice to our Premade Succulent & Greenery Wall Decor.

Click here to order the Premade Wall Decor. 
Click here to view our entire selection of succulents. 


Design of the Day - Blossoming Birdhouse

Courtney May - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Design of the Day! This design uses button wire, raw muslin, and a daisy/berry spray to transform this moss birdhouse into a "Blossoming Birdhouse".

Click here to order the birdhouse, button wire, raw muslin, and daisy/berry spray


Design of the Day - Primitive Bird House Design

Courtney May - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Our new Woodland Collection offers so many unique design ideas for primitive decor this spring/summer! This design was made using our bird's nest arrangement, moss birdhouse and blue hydrangea/berry bush. 

Click here to order the bird's nest arrangement 
Click here to order the birdhouse 
Click here to order the hydrangea bush