A native North Carolinian, Paul began his horticultural journey at an early age. From fifteen years old he was competing in plant identification competitions, building his own greenhouse, designing period gardens, and gardening for a family whose matriarch continues to be a mentor to him.
Saylors continued to feed his horticultural appetite by studying the subject through high school and matriculating at North Carolina State University with a concentration in Landscape Design.
After indulging in the witty memoir, Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden, Saylors began to study Loutrel W. Briggs, landscape architect. In 2004, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, home to many Briggs-designed gardens.
Saylors received a degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston; his thesis: The Early Landscape Characterization of the South Carolina Lowcountry. After two internships with the City of Charleston's Design, Development, and Preservation Department, he immediately began a career in Historic Preservation at the oldest membership-based preservation organization in America - the Preservation Society of Charleston, founded 1920.
During his tenure at the Preservation Society he managed a continuing education program in historic preservation and taught classes in the subjects of Charleston Architecture: periods and styles; and Charleston Neighborhoods: the development of the built environment on the Charleston peninsula. His strong ability to conduct property research also gained him the job of writing historic markers sponsored by the Preservation Society and writing the neighborhood history for the Wilson's Farm Neighborhood Area Character Appraisal managed by Robert and Company of Atlanta, GA. Paul also managed and conducted several historic building surveys (Charleston Sweet Shop Survey and Charleston Single Cottage Survey) with the help of multiple interns.
Saylors has attended the Historic Landscape Institute at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia and is an active member of the Southern Garden History Society. In the summer of 2015 he attended SGHS bi-annual Conferences on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.