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NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith’s Graveyard Moves to Norfolk Botanical Garden

Words and Images courtesy of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Calling all football fans and Halloween enthusiasts alike. NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith’s popular tombstone display moves to Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) through Halloween, October 31, 2022. The display previously haunted passersby at the Smith home in Virginia Beach. The graveyard showcases 76 custom created tombstones with names of quarterbacks he sacked during his nearly 20-year NFL career. This NFL pro had 200 sacks with the Buffalo Bills and with the formerly named Washington Redskins.

The GRAVEYARD display is a great family photo opportunity! Have fun and share with the world – tag both @brucesmith78/@norfolkbotanicalgarden and use the hashtag #brucesmithnbg. Included with Garden admission. Get in the Halloween spirit, snap a few photos and explore the Garden’s 175 acres featuring beautiful autumn blooming trees and plants. The Garden also offers a complimentary guided tram tour daily through the end of October. The NBG staff also have a Halloween tradition and invite the public to see all of the fun employee costumes during the NBG Haunted Golf Cart Contest at noon on October 31, 2022.

About Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden represents an oasis of more than 65 themed gardens encompassing 175 beautiful acres. From stunning plant collections to WOW - World of Wonders: A Children’s Adventure Garden, this diverse natural beauty can be explored by tram, boat, or walking tours. The Garden is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, recognized as a Virginia Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Virginia Green attraction. It is managed by Norfolk Botanical Garden, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is supported by the City of Norfolk.

The mission of Norfolk Botanical Garden is to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, $14 for ages 3-17, 2 and under are free. For more information, visit

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