PREVIOUS PAGE: “I had just come back from India and was inspired to try to do something different,” recalls Gooding of her graphic, mandala-inspired arrangement. She had only three big dahlias on hand, so she improvised with mums, snipped boxwood from her yard, and figs from the refrigerator. “And it took only 20 minutes. If you don’t try something new, you’ll never create the next new classic.”
LEFT: The sunset palette of this commanding arrangement arose from a soiree’s globe-trotting theme, but its grounding force was an array of fruits and fragrances at its base, including earthy sweet cardamom, fiery rambutan, and tropical miniature pineapples.