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.

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