There is nobody in Encinitas who doesn’t know the story of the Ecke family – how one man with vision, talent and daring turned an obscure field flower into the world’s most recognizable indoor plant and put Encinitas on the map as the Flower Capital of the World. But what about the woman behind him? I have always been fascinated by Magdalena – possibly because her unusual name runs through my family from generation to generation – but I could find very little about her, mostly because she was always so unassuming in everything she did. And yet she must have been a very determined young woman to have defied her parents so young and elope with the farmer next door whose future was still so uncertain. I always enjoyed talking to Lizbeth Ecke about her Oma and in so doing, captured a strong sense of the real Magdalena.