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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 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.

Video: The Sydney Eucalyptus Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, March 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its versatile aesthetic and wide variety of decorative applications, the gorgeous Sydney Eucalyptus Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale continues to grow in popularity. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI takes a closer look at this stunning silk foliage and demonstrates a few creative ways to use it. 


Vonda begins by highlighting the brilliant depth and coloration of the artificial Sydney eucalyptus sprigs. This subdued bluish green is a highly sought-after color for weddings but remains a versatile option for everyday display as well. 

Pioneer’s eucalyptus from the Sydney Collection features intricate detailing that instantly elevates any arrangement.  

Next, Vonda uses a garland of eucalyptus to create a quick impromptu table runner. This selection is beautiful on its own but could just as easily accommodate other accessories or additions as well, as Vonda demonstrates with ribbon and silk flowers. 

The small bouquet itself serves as another splendid example of the way artificial eucalyptus can add color and detail to any type of floral composition. 

Silk eucalyptus from Pioneer’s Sydney Collection is an exceptionally useful item for wedding season, for use in table runners or bouquets, but the possibilities are truly endless. Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more fresh ideas for your wholesale greenery needs.


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Video: How To: Make a Corsage with Avery Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 26, 2018

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


A fresh take on the popularity of succulents in wedding arrangements and interior décor, this video features a natural corsage created using Pioneer’s beautiful Avery corsage bracelet decorated with permanent botanical echeveria succulents and stylish coordinates. 


Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building this corsage step-by-step. Vonda starts with a tour of the three colors of Avery corsage bracelet available from Pioneer – licorice, champagne, and sugar. 

Using the champagne bracelet, Vonda begins by tying off the ribbon to secure the bracelet to the convenient design disc that will serve as a platform to hold the cuttings of greenery. She also secures a piece of chenille stem that will come in handy throughout the tutorial.

Vonda lays cutting from an artificial string of pearls succulent across the design disc, twisting the chenille stem to hold it in place. Using pliers to coil the remaining chenille stem adds more gluing surface for the following steps.

Next, Vonda begins adding succulents to the corsage. She places glue on the design disc as well as the succulents for an almost magnetic effect – if you watch the related design video about gluing, this technique is very similar. Adding more glue to the disc allows for more insertions. 

The result is a beautiful wrist corsage that uses only succulents with no ribbons. Compared to traditional floral corsages, this design offers a more modern and up-to-date look that integrates current trends – a fantastic accessory for weddings, prom, and other fashion forward events.

You can find all the products used to create this corsage by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – or, use the catalog to find other silk flowers and foliage that might spark your imagination for other new looks to try. 

Shop products from the video:

#AV1110 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Licorice
#AV1111 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Champagne
#AV1112 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Sugar
#PWS2629GR – String of Pearls, 16”, Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWB2241GCR – Berry Stem, Green/Cream
#PWS1612BU – Rosette Pick, Burgundy

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2018 Prom Trend #3: Metallic

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 15, 2018
Everything is better when it sparkles! Metallic dresses are going to be very trendy in 2018 -- it is an Olympic year after all -- but the dresses won't stop in just Gold, Silver & Bronze! Pair these dresses with sparkly, iridescent accents and sheer ribbon. Shop these products here.

2018 Prom Trend #3: Emerald

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 08, 2018
Almost every style of dress comes in shades of Emerald & Hunter Green! This rich jewel tone ties in nicely with sparkling silver and rhinestones. Touches of Burgundy will complete the look since it is the complementary color! Shop these products here.

2018 Prom Trend #2: Burgundy

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 01, 2018
Deep shades of red in Burgundy & Maroon are huge this year! Many dresses are shown in lace which pairs nicely with more sophisticated touches like pearls and precious metals. Add a gorgeous burgundy flower and greenery to tie it all together! Shop these products here.

2018 Prom Trend #1: Blush

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, February 22, 2018
Light and muted shades of Mauve & Blush are very popular this season! This trend is very feminine and will pair beautifully with warm copper & rose gold, pink hues & greenery. Shop these products here.

Prom Success Series - Part #1 - Prom Planning

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 20, 2018
We hope you enjoy Part #1 of our 2018 Prom Success Series!