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Video: Olive Grove Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a permanent botanical option sure to stand out from the rest? In this video, Tom Bowling introduces the beautiful Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These permanent botanical olive options are available in three styles – tree, topiary, and spray. Tom takes a few moments to explain how you can use all three of these in a single arrangement, taking inspiration from the bountiful farm-to-table theme so popular today.

You may have noticed that events are moving more toward the use of long tables instead of multiple round tables. This opens the possibility for creative runner ideas, a perfect fit for abundant farm-to-table themes. 

Tom explains how these artificial olive products from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale can become part of a dramatic runner. By using a mix of the taller artificial olive trees and the shorter artificial olive topiaries, you can create a runner that keeps the eye flowing across the entire arrangement. He also mentions the spray format and shows how you can bend back the stems to create a runner base from its silk foliage.

Tom points out a unique feature of the topiary and tree options. Each one comes pre-potted, providing weight and stability for versatile display. These can be dropped into the wholesale containers of your choice for an instant upsell or to customize the look to suit the theme of an event. 

So next time you are considering a farm-to-table look for your next event, consider the Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Shop the complete Olive Grove Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWOT2622DKGR Olive Topiary w/Pot, 19”, 4” Black Plastic Pot, Green
PWOT35 Olive Tree w/Pot, 35”, w/216 Leaves and 27 Olives, Green
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray, x3, 30”, Green

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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: How To: Design an Arrangement for Fall

Amy Lombardo - Friday, September 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Autumn is approaching and that means it’s time to start getting equipped with those seasonal permanent botanical essentials for those festive fall arrangements. 

Fall is a wonderful time of the year when the seasons change – and the color palettes along with them. In this video, Tom Bowling uses permanent botanical supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous arrangement using the dramatic colors and textures of fall. Follow along to create your own take on this fantastic accent to help your customers and clients into that autumn spirit.

The best part? This arrangement only requires a small variety of components. From simple and straightforward permanent botanicals comes an eye-catching result everyone will love.

Tom builds this arrangement within the elevated “Bam” bamboo basket. He notes that those who keep up with the interior and shelter magazines will have noticed these charming handcrafted baskets coming back into vogue. This one has been prepared with dry floral foam bricks and a perimeter of moss along the outside.

Wholesale wheat clusters are the first addition. Tom lays these in place, then pins them down for security. 

You will notice that when attaching certain pieces, Tom uses discarded pieces of stem from previous projects. This eliminates the need to cut a bunch of individual wires and makes it easier to create more compositions in a timely manner. 

Next, Tom begins to add selections of beautiful silk fern – the Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush from Pioneer. He makes sure these initial insertions drop over the edge to create an elegant “spill” aesthetic, taking advantage of the extra height this raised container provides. 

This spill invokes feelings of abundance. As a harvest season, this abundance is what that fall look is all about. 

He creates a short overhang of silk fern on one side and a long graceful spill on the other. He takes care to bring shorter pieces through the center to draw the eye across the entire arrangement, touching each component. 

Tom notes that texture of this wholesale silk fern selection is great, but in certain cases such a variety of complex shapes may begin to look a little busy. The silk sunflowers he adds in the next step helps provide a simple counterbalance for a nice even look. 

The wholesale silk sunflowers he uses next have tall strong stems, giving the arrangement a touch of exaggerated height. He points out that he is making these insertions in groups – this smart technique makes a stronger and bolder impression with whatever kind of component you happen to be using.

With sunflowers, Tom makes mention that each one has a “face”. When those faces are facing directly toward the viewer, it can cause the eye to stop and settle on that unique focal point. This is the reason he bends the stem of each silk sunflower so that the face is pointing upward. This keeps the eye moving across the piece so viewers can take in the entire composition to full effect.

Silk maple leaves, the next addition, serve as a fantastic color interest. Tom takes advantage of the longer stems to continue building height and then begins filling in any gaps in the arrangement.

And finally – nothing says fall quite like little pumpkins. Tom uses the wholesale artificial pumpkin assortment from Pioneer and begins decorating the composition with these charming little additions. While you can wire these in place if needed, Tom repurposes the trimmed-off portions of stems from this arrangement to create little stakes to hold each artificial pumpkin in place. 

This autumn permanent botanical arrangement is a breathtaking piece for fall events, interior design projects, window displays, and so much more – a quick way to get your customers and clients into the seasonal spirit. 

You can find each of the components used here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, everything you need to create arrangements for every season. 

Shop products from the video:
PWW3375CR Wheat Stem Bundle, x13, 21”, Cream
52147OG Pumpkin Assortment, x4, Dia.: 3.5”, Orange
PWS2412YL Sunflower Bush, x7, 17”, Flower Dia.: 4.5”, Yellow
PWM3051OGMX Maple Bush, x7, 20”, Orange Mix
PWWF3433YOG Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush, x5, 35”, Yellow/Orange
79181-00 “Bam” Bamboo Basket, 14.75x27.75”, Brown

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Video: Jewel Tones Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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


Jewel tones are back! These rich deep colors can set your permanent botanical arrangements apart from the rest – impossible to ignore, yet tasteful enough to fit any type of event. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates an example arrangement to inspire you, using gorgeous silk flowers and foliage you can find readily available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. She begins with the gorgeous Mirage pot prepared with floral foam, its rim featuring the perfect colors to tie the deep jewel tones together.

The first addition is stunning silk delphinium in a bold deep amethyst color. These start the arrangement with impressive height – foreshadowing how grand this composition will be. Next, she adds a touch of realistic artificial blueberries for fascinating texture variation. 

Elegant artificial foliage comes next, the wholesale silk maidenhair fern from Pioneer. Silk sweet pea in yellow gold joins the party to bring a big splash of bright color, an important component in creating brilliant contrast with the pieces that come next.

You’ll notice Vonda adding a few touches of deep amethyst silk ranunculus next, a classic favorite with a sophisticated twist. Artificial olive branch bulks up the design a bit more – a fantastic height match for the silk delphinium added earlier. Peacock blue silk hydrangea draws the eye toward a corner of the design. 

The final addition is silk anemone in a brilliant red garnet color, a choice that stands out from the peacock turquoise and yellow gold. This creates a base palette that interprets the primaries through the lens of unforgettable jewel tones. 

In its final form, this permanent botanical arrangement tutorial results in a dramatic and grand design, with strong lines that form a sweeping motion almost like a quarter moon. This distinctive shape has a secondary advantage as well – allowing the rim of the Mirage container to peek through, accenting the jewel tones within the arrangement.

Bolster your permanent botanical toolkit with vibrant jewel tones from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale silk flowers, containers, and artificial botanicals in the incredible jewel tones you see here, along with a powerful variety of other palettes to suit your next event or product line.  

Shop the complete Jewel Tones Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWD2205DPAM Delphinium Bush x5, 24”, Deep Amethyst
PWR1050DPAM Ranunculus Bush x9, 18.5”, Deep Amethyst
PWH2085PCK Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, Peacock
PWS2613YLGD Sweet Pea Bush x4, 20.5”, Yellow Gold
PWA2220GT Anemone Bush x8, 17.5”, Garnet
PWB3109BL Blueberry Bush, 15”, Blue
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray x3, 30”, Dark Green
PWMH1311GR Maidenhair Fern Bush x9, 19.5”, Green
98931-00 “Mirage” Pot, 5.25”, Black Galaxy

DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box


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Video: Refined Vintage Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, August 05, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You may know the phrase – “What’s old is new again!” Retro styles always find their way back into the spotlight when it comes to floral design trends. 

The Refined Vintage collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale breathes new life into yesterday’s most beloved looks. This permanent botanical collection takes a range of memorable vintage favorites and gives them a modern update for today’s customers. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates the potential of this collection by creating a gorgeous centerpiece for this quick video. She uses a selection of fantastic pieces from the Refined Vintage collection – showing how elements that were all the rage decades ago can feel fresh and new again. 

She begins with the Kate urn from Pioneer, a nice piece in a light shade of vintage sage green. This piece has already been prepared with a block of premium floral foam within. 

Next, Vonda introduces one of the stars of this collection. Those who have been in the business for a while surely remember when pampas grass would find its way into seemingly every floral arrangement. And now it’s back! Pioneer’s artificial pampas grass brings a trendy twist to this mainstay of eras past. 

Vonda trims the plumes away from the artificial grass portion, inserting the tall green spikes into the center of the floral foam. This gives the arrangement striking body and volume right from the very first insertion. Next, she adds graceful selections of artificial dusty miller and eucalyptus – setting the stage for the pastel hued insertions that come next.

Beautiful silk hydrangea in a buttery parchment colorway are the first addition, then Vonda follows up with silk peony in classic sage and silk cabbage rose in vintage pink. Vonda inserts the silk pampas grass plumes last, giving them equal distribution within the artificial grass.

If you have never used these artificial grasses in the past, Vonda offers a useful tip to finish the design. She uses the back of a knife to gently curl the tips – eliminating just enough stiffness to give them a natural look.

The result is wonderful! This accent piece takes retro favorites and makes them feel perfectly fresh and modern. You can find all the elements used in this video demonstration available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the catalog to find vintage-inspired wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage, and incredible statement-making accents like the wholesale artificial pampas grass you see here. 

Shop the complete Refined Vintage Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWR2090VTPK Cabbage Rose x9, 19”, Vintage Pink
PWH2085TPAR Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, True Parchment
PWP2200CSG Peony Bush x7, 19”, Classic Sage
PWG3106PUGR Pampas Grass, 28”, Purple/Green
PWDM2741FSG Dusty Miller Bush x9, 20”, Frosted Sage
13303PKGR Eucalyptus Bush, 19”, Pink/Green
91631-00 “Kate” Urn, 4.75x5.25”, Light Green Speckled
DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box

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Video: Grand Manor Collection

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, August 01, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for sophisticated autumn color palettes for your seasonal permanent botanical arrangements? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces the Grand Manor Collection – a rich colorway that spans a diverse selection of wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Vonda demonstrates the grace of the Grand Manor Collection by creating a lovely hand-tied bouquet using a combination of silk fall foliage and muted silk flowers. If you have a busy production schedule, you’re going to love the timesaving methods Vonda employs with this design.

Prior to the beginning of this video, Vonda has already prepared a base of artificial dusty miller in green and silk eucalyptus. Then, instead of taking the time and effort to carefully select silk flowers for this composition, she simply chose a mixed bush from Pioneer – a combination of silk anemone, silk ranunculus, silk rose, and silk hydrangea in a mixture of Grand Manor Collection pinks and purples.

Vonda takes the base of artificial dusty miller and silk eucalyptus and starts adding the Grand Manor pieces one by one. She starts with splashes of pink, then dark purple to complement the silk eucalyptus. Next are darker pink silk anemone and light lavender silk ranunculus. Lavender silk hydrangea rounds out the arrangement.

Interestingly, the individual silk flowers originally come in a bush format from Pioneer. Vonda trimmed each pick from the bush before beginning, making it easier to create a more pleasing color balance. Floral wire secures the individual picks to the bouquet, and later Vonda will finish the composition with floral tape for binding and double-satin ribbon for a finished look. 

With just a few components from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, you can recreate this bouquet for your own projects and events. Let Pioneer help you flesh out your floral design toolbox with gorgeous silk botanicals like these pieces from the Grand Manor Collection.

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

Shop products from the video: 
2205-9-102 Double Face Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yards, Pink Sand

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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: 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: Modern Farmhouse Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The chic farmhouse style is a timeless favorite finally finding its way back into the spotlight. This trend may be able to thank home decorating shows for the sudden resurgence, but this aesthetic is also a favorite for everything from weddings to baby showers and beyond. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a range of permanent botanical products to help you meet the farmhouse-inspired requests of your customers and clients. The beautiful Modern Farmhouse Collection combines elements like twigs, realistic apples, and lifelike leaves to get that charming countryside appeal.

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces three styles to choose from – the wreath, the wall swag, and the versatile spray pick. Then, she creates a quick and easy composition to demonstrate the potential of this fantastic collection. 

Vonda begins with the Brynn metal wall container, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Prepared with a bit of floral foam and moss this piece is a great starting point for a contemporary farmhouse-inspired arrangement. 

She simply inserts a few of the Modern Farmhouse Collection picks, taking a moment to align them in a dramatic sweeping diagonal orientation – and the result is spectacular. 

Pieces from the Modern Farmhouse Collection look fantastic by themselves or coordinated with other wholesale silk flowers and accents from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you make your next farmhouse-themed project an unforgettable hit. 

Shop the complete Modern Farmhouse Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWW2750GRCR Twig Wreath w/Apples & Foliage 22”, Green/Cream
PWAF2752GRCR Twig Spray w/Apples & Foliage 28”, Green/Cream
PWS2751GRCR Twig Swag w/Apples & Foliage 33”, Green/Cream
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
72561-00 “Brynn” Metal Wall Hanger 5.75x10x13.75”, Charcoal

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