Almost every guide book suggests going to Monet's gardens/house in Giverny the early morning to avoid the crowds. Occasionally there is mention of going in the late afternoon to avoid crowds, but with much less information about transportation.
We will be visiting the gardens mid-week as a day trip from Paris during the first week of April. Sunset will be at 8:20 pm (that seems very late for April!).
The last admission to the garden is at 5:30 pm and the gardens/house close at 6:00 pm.
Any thoughts about visiting in the afternoon, as a way to avoid the crowds? Will there even be crowds the first week of April?
My past experience visiting other popular places is that there does tend to be mini-surge of early-birds at opening time, and that in the hours before closing, there are many fewer people about.
How many hours do you suggest allotting for a leisurely visit, so as not to feel rushed to be finished by 6:00 pm?