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Nothing warms our winter-weary hearts like fresh flowers. This fall, we're putting a ban on wilted blossoms from the bodega and taking matters into our own hands with these autumnal floral-design classes:

Hailing from the U.K., floral phenom Jane Packer approaches arrangements with an eye for fashion and design. (We love her artful Hat Box creations.) Teachers host small, six-person workshops at her eponymous flower school, encouraging students to experiment with classic and contemporary designs while enjoying complimentary tea service ($200 per class). 329 E. 59th St. (between First and Second aves.); 212-754-1731 or

You can get a bona fide floral-arranging degree from the New York Botanical Garden Floral Design School, but if going pro isn't your goal, take a foundation course at its Midtown Center with a focus on identifying, buying and caring for flowers. The Fifteen-Minute Flower Arranging Ideas course is a great start, offering every day arrangements for fresh, silk and dried blooms ($100). 20 W. 44th St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); 718-817-8747 or

Care to take cues from a Flower Design Master? Several classes at the Flower School of New York are taught by world-famous florist Olivier Giugni (consider it the equivalent of a cooking lesson with Mario Batali). In these intimate classes and seminars, Giugni teaches the art of wreath making and arranging with fall foliage ($285 per class). 5 Tudor City Pl. (at First Ave.); 212-661-8074 or

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