Stephanie Berni was born in Bristol, England. She gained a distinction level diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School. She spent most of her career working with special needs children, establishing her own nursery school in 1983. Later, she returned to botanical illustration, taking numerous commission in the UK and Europe. Her artwork, ‘Australian Tree Fern’ was selected as the cover artwork for Dr. Sherwood’s publication: ‘A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art’.