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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: Trendy Succulent Wall Decor

- Tuesday, February 09, 2016

In this design demo video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses our reclaimed wood look decor pieces to create a trendy vertical garden with succulents. 

Products used in this design: 

-Green Sheet Moss 
-Dry Foam Bricks (#FLORAFOAM) 

Succulents have become very popular in recent years and work well in both the home and office.  And what better way to display them then in a beautiful vertical garden!  These wood decor pieces are much lighter and easier to work with then pallets, but still give that same desired rustic look.  Start by gluing pieces of the permanent foam to the back side of the wood decor piece where you want to concentrate your area of succulents.  

Choose the succulent that you would like to be the focal point of the design and begin your insertions with that.  To give the design some depth, stagger the heights of the succulents.  If you put them all at the same level, it will end up looking like a blob.  So play a little with your insertions to give it dimension, while keeping in mind that you don't want the succulents sticking too far out from the wall.  

Insert the succulents in  groupings, starting with the brightest ones, so you can create a nice color balance.  Then you can take another succulent, perhaps just a solid green, and place some at the bottom and some at the top.  This will tie everything together and make the colorful succulents in the middle stand out.  Now to neutralize the color, take a softer colored succulent, such as gray or cream and add that in around the colorful succulents.  This creates a nice segue from the distressed color of the reclaimed wood to the vibrant color of the succulents.  You should now see a very nice design coming together, but it needs one more touch to finish it off! 

Take the sheet moss and glue it onto the foam with either hot glue or Oasis Floral Adhesive where ever it is showing through. Now you have a beautiful finished product!  These can be done one at a time or in a group with multiple decor pieces all working together.  

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We hope you enjoyed this design demo from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale!