More than 900 square feet of granite stones donated by Jamie and Kathleen Carle of J.C. Stone arrived at Gibbs Library in Washington last week as work begins on the Ray Kelly Memorial Garden Project.

Paulette Oboyski, Gibbs Library Board President, says “We are very grateful to the Carles for their generous donation. It’s wonderful to see the garden project come to life.”

The J.C. Stone donation will be used to create a semi-oval terrace that will feature areas for sitting and reading. Further hardscaping and planting beds will follow, with plans to use only locally-procured, native species of plants and types of stone.

The project will be completed with as much volunteer labor as possible. Donations of time and materials have already allowed the site to be cleared, trees to be moved, and preparation work done. Now that the stones are available, volunteers will meet on Sundays beginning Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. The work will continue for five or six Sundays.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks — from helping to cut and lay the stone, to donations of quality flat stones for the retaining wall and donations of muffins, coffee and food for the volunteer crew.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can arrive at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, after 9 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 845-2663.