The Logansport Rose Society celebrated 60 years of community service and a love of roses on Thursday evening.

The celebration included a cake and ice cream social held at the Inntiquity Inn north of Logansport. Members reminisced around scrap books full of pictures and articles about the society’s 60-year history.

According to members of the society, roses are more than just roots and leaves, stems and petals. They are the ultimate symbol of beauty, displaying perfection and romance.

Patty Duschene, publicity officer for the rose society, said that a common love of America’s favorite flower and the desire to share that love with others is what brings this varied group of more than 25 people together — and keeps drawing others to the organization.

“This is such a great group of people,” said Duschene. “We’re like a family here.”

Duschene says anyone can be a member of the rose society. Its members range from avid rose gardeners with a lifetime of rosarian knowledge to just plain garden lovers.

The group’s main objectives are to encourage interest in and cultivation of the rose, spread the love of the rose wherever and whenever possible and maintain an affiliation with the American Rose Society.

In addition to their regular meetings and dinners on the first Thursday of every month (March through November), the group tours various botanic gardens around the area. They also host guest speakers at some of their events.

“It’s nice to get out and visit other places — we like to learn a lot,” Duschene said. “We’re an educational group too.”

Upcoming events for the society include a trip to Garden Gate in Peru on Sep. 5 and a memorial for past members at the Logansport Art Association on Oct. 3. On Nov. 7, the society will host guest speaker Teresa Byington of the Indianapolis Rose Society at the Logansport Public Library.

Annual dues to become a member of the society are $5.

If you are interested in joining or for more information, please contact Duschene at PattyDuschene@icloud.com or president Cristie Rans at crisrans@aol.com.

Reach Quentin Blount at quentin.blount@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130.

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