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  • Baldo Villegas smell one of the two thousand roses planted over the past four years in his garden on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif. Baldo Villegas, Sacramento's famous bug man. Recently retired, the longtime state entomologist created his dream garden, "Baldo Acres, " in Orangevale. It has more than 2,000 roses plus hundreds of trees, shrubs and perennials -- all planted by Baldo within the last four years. He cares for his large garden with integrated pest management, the same techniques he perfected while working with the state.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • A Marriotta miniature rose in the garden of Baldo Villegas on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Baldo and Suzy Villegas walk among the two thousand roses planted over the past four years in Baldo's garden at his home on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • A Si mini rose in the Baldo Villegas garden at his home on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Baldo Villegas smell one of the two thousand roses planted over the past four years in his garden on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Bee's Knee miniature rose start yellow and turn pink as they age in Baldo Villegas' garden on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • The Impressionist rose in the garden of Baldo Villegas on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Suzy and Baldo Villegas walk among the two thousand roses planted over the past four years in Baldo's garden at his home on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Baldo Villegas stands with some of the two thousand roses planted over the past four years in his garden on April 30, 2013 in Orangevale, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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