Versailles in July doesn't sound appealing to me with all the crowds, but I have my heart set on seeing a beautiful French garden. Am happy to do a day trip to the Loire Valley if needed or a day trip from Paris. I have been looking at so many chateaux and gardens, it's a hard choice. My ideal day would be to just wander, have a picnic and soak it all in.
I have seen many estate gardens in the UK and finally managed visits to Van Dussen and Butchart in Canada last year. On our last visit to Paris we saw Monet's garden (a dream come true) but ran out of time for any others, next year I am planning to set aside a day. I would love your suggestions.