It’s called “The Den,” but a room at Battle of Flowers headquarters in Government Hill is more like an indoor grove, with colorful crêpe paper flowers blooming out of boxes. The brightest of the flowers is Rose. For more than 50 years, Rose Garcia has handcrafted the flowers that set the scene for the San Antonio tradition. This year’s installment of the Fiesta parade prep marks her final year her at the helm.
Garcia’s mother, Genevieve Loera, joined the original team of flower-makers under Cora Watson when she was 13 in 1928. Over the years, the parade production became a family affair and tradition as Loera brought on her sisters and their daughters or daughters-in -law. In 1970, shortly after graduating high school, Garcia joined the three-month contract work with her mom her. In 1990, she became the boss of the blooms. Garcia, now 72, is only the third boss of the process after her predecessors Her, Watson and Francis Rabb.